By Hayden Cogswell
The women’s volleyball team made short work of their opposition this weekend at the Spike It Up Classic. The Tigers went 4–0 over the course of the tournament, building to a six-game win streak and improving to a 7–1 record.
Roaring out of the gates, the team easily swept their first two opponents, LeTourneau University and University of La Verne. Leading the line was Georgia Mullens ’22 with 10 kills and just three errors, while Isabelle Aragon-Menzel ’21 finished with 27 assists on the day.
Moving to Saturday, the Tigers made quick work of Willamette University, sweeping them in three straight sets.
It was in the final game of the weekend, against MIT, that the team was really pushed to show what they were made of. “They put up a really good fight,” Marguerite Spaethling ’20 stated about their competition. “We were coming back from deficits a lot.”
The Tigers rallied from behind to win two straight sets before MIT struck back winning the third set 19–25. “We talked about from the beginning that we needed to outwork them,” Anna Gurolnick ’20 stated. “We have the skill and potential to beat them, but we knew they were a hardworking team.” Following that third set loss, the Tigers did just that, put their heads down, and flipped the score with a 25–19 victory to finish out the weekend with a perfect record.
Isabella Vasquez ’22 was the standout player of the weekend and earned tournament MVP with 11 kills against the MIT Engineers. “Isabella got MVP, which was really much deserved,” Spaethling praised her teammate. “She was playing right side, which is not her normal position, and was just crushing it.”
Rounding out the honors for CC were middle blockers Mullins and Emma Hewlin ’21, who each earned a spot on the all-tournament team. “Georgia and Emma played fantastic,” Gurolnick commented on her teammates’ success. “Our assistant coach said making an all-tournament team is a pretty big deal in a game that is dominated by outside hitters, and the fact that we had both of them make it means they were really a big force this weekend.”
“The weekend went really well,” Gurolnick said. “It was great to have our flow back and our energy back.” Following last weekend’s loss to Clarkson University, such a successful weekend was key to getting back on track and the team is really riding the high. “Morale is really high right now,” said Spaethling. “It started a little low last week, but I think it was good to face a little adversity early on and bring us together, so we can realize our full potential.”
Looking to next weekend, CC takes on Transylvania University and Birmingham-Southern College on Friday, Sept. 13. The Tigers will be looking to continue their winning ways on home court, and are looking to have their fans be a part of it. “Last Friday’s game had a huge turnout,” Gurolnick said. “It was awesome, amazing, and we felt the love. We love seeing people out and seeing that from the athletic community.”
Get out there and support the volleyball team this coming weekend!