Photo By Katie Lechner

The Tennessee Volunteers volleyball team prepares to play the Vikings after the 2015 championship banner unveiling on Friday, Sept. 2.

 

September 21, 2016

CSU volleyball unveils championship banner

Cleveland State University Women’s Volleyball hosted its annual Invitational on Friday, Sept. 2 in Woodling Gymnasium. The two games the Vikings played in throughout the Invitational were their first challenges at home so far this year.

In the first of two games, the ladies took on the Eastern Michigan Eagles at 10 a.m. to start the Invitational. It was an easy win, with a 3-0 defeat, but it was also a special win.


The victory over Eastern Michigan marked a big milestone for Chuck Voss, the head coach of the women’s volleyball team.


It was win No. 294 for Voss, making him the coach with the best record in program history, surpassing the previous record held by Mary Motley from 1978-93, according to csuvikings.com.


The Viking’s second and last game was set against the Tennessee Volunteers, where prior to the match, a banner-raising ceremony took place.


Moments before the first serve of the game, the Vikings welcomed back members of last year’s senior class to unveil the banners from their Horizon League Championship and the NCAA Tournament Championship from last year’s championship run.


Against Tennessee, the Vikings went down two sets to none in what looked like sure defeat. The next three sets showed the Vikings coming from behind to take the series 3-2 for a victory in nail-biting fashion.


The wins over Eastern Michigan and Tennessee allowed the Vikings to take the Cleveland State University Invitational title.


It marked the seventh time the Vikings won the CSU Invitational with head coach, Chuck Voss, according to csuvikings.com.


After the CSU Invitational games, the Vikings stood with a healthy 4-1 record.


The Saturday after the Invitational, the Vikings hosted the Boise State Broncos. The match ended in a loss – the first loss at Woodling Gym of the season. It gave the women a 4-2 record at the two-week mark of the season.


The weekend of Sept. 9-10, the Vikings traveled to Philadelphia, Pa. for the Cherry & White Challenge hosted by Temple University. The Vikings ended the weekend with a 3-2 win over Temple, a 3-0 win over Rutgers, and a 3-1 win over New Hampshire.


The Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. was set for the following weekend of Sept. 16-17. There the Vikings played Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Arkansas State and Indiana University.


This Friday, Sept. 23, the Vikings are back home to take on Oakland University in the Woodling Gym. They go back on the road to challenge Youngstown State on Sunday, Sept. 25.


Next weekend, the Vikings travel to play Northern Kentucky University on Friday, Sept. 30, and then to Valparaiso, Indiana to play Valparaiso University on Saturday, Oct. 1.



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