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Nov. 8, 2012

Volleyball secures regular season league title

By Stephanie Metzger

The Cleveland State University women’s volleyball team secured the Horizon League regular season title with two straight wins over the weekend.

First, the Vikings sealed their half of the title share with a sweep of three straight sets over the Wright State University Raiders on Friday evening. The win boosted Cleveland State to a 19-6 overall record and an 11-1 league record. Valparaiso University was the other team holding a share of the league title.

Offensively, Dayna Roberts totaled 42 assists and Kara Koch tacked on another 17 kills to her team-leading 421 for the season. Kerry Winchester also found the double-digit group with 10 kills.

Three players also posted double-digit digs as Amanda Medvetz posted 15, Koch had 12 and Ally Beck tallied 10.

The Vikings dominated the Raiders during the first two sets, securing set scores of 25-14 and 25-13 respectively. The Raiders refused to go down without a fight in the third set as they kept the score within three until Cleveland State posted five straight points and rolled to victory on a kill by Marie Frease to seal the 25-20 win.

With the Horizon League title up for grabs, the Vikings and Valparaiso University Crusaders squared off on Saturday afternoon.

The day counted for more than just a battle for the league title as the Vikings also celebrated Senior Day, paying tribute to five seniors before the game.

Accompanied by their parents, Jackie Dabbelt, Marie Frease, Brittany Holland, Kara Koch and Amanda Medvetz all received framed jerseys and photos in a pre-game ceremony to honor the seniors.

The seniors were a significant factor in Saturday’s match, which resulted in a Cleveland State win as the Vikings downed the Crusaders in five sets.

Koch led the offense with 18 kills while Dabbelt and Frease added 10 apiece, while Dayna Roberts tacked on another 51 assists and seven digs.

The Vikings carried the lead through the first two sets to secure a pair of wins before the Valparaiso team resurrected itself to take the third and fourth sets.

With the final set and Horizon League title on the line, the Vikings rallied from behind to secure the win as Kerry Winchester secured the final kill to ensure Cleveland State with sole possession of the Horizon League regular season title.

Vikings’ head coach Chuck Voss noted the contributions of the seniors during the entire season.

“I think all of the seniors did a great job, not only today, but the entire season,” Voss said. “They are a huge part of the reason we are in this position because they have worked so hard in the past. Every time we take the floor, we are playing relatively consistent because of the leadership they give us.”

Saturday’s win may deem the Vikings as league champions, but unfinished business remains as they close out the regular season against Youngstown on Thursday at home at 7 p.m.