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CSU falls in Horizon League tourney

December 1, 2011

By Amanda Wood

Kara Koch

The Cleveland State volleyball team entered the 2011 Horizon League Tournament as the second seed team. The Vikings began play on Saturday Nov. 19 during the semifinals. Milwaukee, the number one seed, was the host of this event.

The Vikings entered with a 20-7 overall record and they were on a four-game winning streak. This was the 11th straight year that CSU has made it to the Horizon League Tournament.

In 2007 the Vikings captured their first Horizon League Championship under head coach Chuck Voss.

CSU had two players earn postseason awards, as senior setter Jordan Goad and junior outside hitter Kara Koch were named to the All-Horizon League team. Goad, who ranks third in the league averaging 10.48 assists per set, moved into second place on the all-time career assists list this season and enters the tournament with 4,403. Koch is one of only two league players to rank in the top-10 in both kills per set and digs per set, ranking second with 4.1 kills and 10th with 3.1 digs.

Following the five-set victory over Butler on Saturday (25-22, 18-25, 15-25, 25-13, 16-14) The Vikings improved to 21-7 in the season and 4-4 in the all-time semifinal contests.

Koch tallied 30 kills for the second time this season and the Vikings offense was led by junior Marie Frease who posted 13 kills.

Goad tallied 53 assists for CSU, posting at least 50 assists for the fourth time this year. The defense was held by the trio of Amy Grabiec, Koch and Goad. Grabiec tallied a match-high 22 digs and Koch and Goad each added 17. Senior Megan Barhorst had a team-high five blocks, including two solo blocks, while Frease, Koch and Goad each added three.

The Vikings played the Championship match, Sunday Nov. 20, against Milwaukee. They fell to the host of the tournament, and number one seeded team, 3-0. Set scores against the Panthers were 15-25, 21-25, 16-25.

Koch and Jackie Dabbelt represented the Vikings on the All-Tournament team, marking the second time that Dabbelt has earned the honor and the first time that Koch has been named to the team.

Throughout the tournament, Koch tallied 43 kills, 25 digs and four blocks, while Dabbelt posted 14 kills on a .306 attack percentage.
Koch and Ally Beck led the Viking offense against Milwaukee, Koch tallied nine kills and Beck added eight. Goad posted 26 assists for the Vikings, while Grabiec had a team-high of 12 digs.