By Charlie Lynch
Women’s volleyball has started off this year brilliantly, with a current record of 13–1 in its division. The Tigers took this win streak to Shreveport, La. this past weekend where they faced off against several teams in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The team won all four matchups, dropping only 1 set to Southwestern University.
The team was up against the University of Dallas in its opening SCAC game, with the University having a 6–6 record going into the game. The team crushed it, with right side hitter Meaghan Hohman ’23 and middle hitter Georgia Mullins ’22 leading their crew with a combined 16 kills and .518 hitting percentage. The sets were short and to the point, with Dallas coming within only five points in their closest set with Colorado College.
The team played its next game against Centenary College. The Tigers continued their onslaught, winning all three sets again. The Centenary Ladies pushed early in each set, but each time the Tigers pulled out some large runs in order to take control. The closest Centenary came to winning was in the first set, when the Tigers’ largest lead was five points.
Centenary pulled it back to within two points, but it wasn’t enough and the Tigers pulled ahead to win the set 25–21. This win advanced CC’s record to 11–2 in the season and marked its second win of the tournament.
Next, the Tigers soundly defeated Schreiner University, allowing the team to score only 15 points in all three sets. Schreiner had a comeback in the third set, jumping ahead to 7–6 early, but Colorado College then outscored its opposition 19–8 in the rest of the match.
The victory was made even more special because setter Lizzy Counts ’20 served up 27 assists in the three sets bringing her to a total of 3,500+ assists in her career. Only two other players have accomplished this in Colorado College’s women’s volleyball program history.
Finally, the Tigers had their closest match of the tournament against Southwestern University. The team went down early, losing the first set 25–21, which set them up for a tough final match. Southwestern pushed it in the second set, almost taking it, which would have put them ahead by two sets overall. But, in the end, it didn’t matter because CC rallied and brought its incredible skill to the second set. The Tigers came back from 19–23, eventually winning that set 26–24. Outside hitter Haley Harris ’20 brought the energy, by adding to her match high of 17 kills during the game. She brought the team to 23–20, and after that the Tigers dominated, with Southwestern scoring only one more point in the match. Colorado College went on to win the next two sets after that, securing its final win of the tournament.
Harris’s 17 digs allowed her to complete her second double-double of the season and the 23rd of her career. Mullins finished the match with 13 kills and four block assists. Counts nearly produced a triple-double, finishing the day with 35 assists, 11 digs, and seven kills.
After a successful series of matches, the Tigers advanced to a 13–2 overall record, securing four crucial matches to push them ahead in their conference.
Colorado College women’s volleyball plays Johnson and Wales University on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Reid Arena after a 10-day break from competition. Good luck!