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Volleyball season halts with NCAA loss

December 6, 2012

By Stephanie Metzger

The Cleveland State women’s volleyball team crafted a memorable season, which came to an end last Friday as they fell to the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

After taking the Horizon League championship title with a win over the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames, the Vikings were slotted to take on the Jayhawks in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Jayhawks were ranked in the 20 slot heading into the match, posting a 25-6 record, while the Vikings were 23-6 overall. Kansas overcame the Vikings in four sets to end Cleveland State’s season and 13-game win streak. Cleveland State took the first set, before the remainder of the match was controlled by the Jayhawks.

Senior Kara Koch picked up her 18th double-double of the year as she posted 13 kills and 19 digs. Marie Frease led the team in kills with 13 and freshman Dayna Roberts picked up another 38 assists, giving her 730 on the year.

Koch closed out the season with 545 points and 500 kills, averaging 4.63 kills per set.
Vikings head coach Chuck Voss was pleased with his team’s effort, despite the disappointing outcome.

“It came down for us, being a smaller team, being passing,” Voss noted. “When we passed, when we served the ball when we wanted to, we were right there with them. I was happy with how we played overall.”

As he reflected on the season in its entirety, Voss noted the contribution of the team’s seniors.

“These guys worked really hard the last couple of years,” he said. “It’s a process and it takes time. I think at all levels, teams win with seniors and juniors out on the court.”
The Vikings ended the 2012 season with a 23-7 overall record and 15-1 record against Horizon League opponents.