November 16, 2015

CSU volleyball in position to host Horizon League Championships

By Madison Lomas

As the semester comes to a close, the Cleveland State University’s women’s volleyball team continues to take the lead in its Horizon League Conference.

Here are highlights from the past week leading up to the championships, which take place on Nov. 20.

Wright State

The Vikings won against Wright State, 3-0 with commanding wins in the first two games, starting the match with five consecutive points.

They later battled using their strong defense during the last two matches with some close calls.

The last game created a lot of excitement, with seven lead changes throughout the course of the match, with the lead being no more than three points.

“It was a very intense match especially down the stretch, but the energy from the crowd helped us push through the match!” said Alexis Middlebrooks, middle hitter.

Oakland

Oakland University defeated the Vikings, making it their second loss of the season.

After this game, their record changed to 11 wins and 2 losses but the team still remains in first above Oakland.

Christina Toth was the strongest offensive player, who led the team with 15 points during the match.

Leading the team defensively, Grace Kauth was successful in delivering 12 saves.

Northern Kentucky

Cleveland State won against Northern Kentucky in a shut-out, 3-0, on Nov. 10. It kept control of the field throughout the entire night, maintaining a sizeable lead against the Norses.

“The energy on the court was great—we’ve been working on our communication on the court,” said Grace Kauth, outside hitter.

After last Tuesday night’s win, the Vikings have two conference matches left until the championships.

“Hosting the conference tournament is completely possible and totally under our control,” Kauth said.

If the volleyball team wins both matches, Cleveland State will host the Horizon League Conference Championships at home in Woodling Gym.

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