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Muskingum Volleyball secures their seventh straight victory at CWRU Invite

Muskingum Volleyball secures their seventh straight victory at CWRU Invite
The Muskingum volleyball team's winning streak continued at the Case Western Reserve University Invitational. The Muskies defeated the Washington & Jefferson Presidents, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-14) on Friday. On Saturday, the Muskies secured a 3-2 (17-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 15-12) victory over the Case Western and conquered the Thiel Tomcats with a score of 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-18). 
 
The Basics
  • The tournament was hosted by Case Western.
  • With these wins, the Muskies improve to 7-0 on the year.
  • The Muskies have recorded a total of five straight-set victories this season.
Friday Action
 
vs. Washington & Jefferson
  • As a team, Muskingum recorded 45 kills, 42 assists, and 52 digs. 
  • In set one, the Muskies registered ten consecutive points to jump out to an early 14-8 lead over Washington and Jefferson. The Presidents chipped away at the differential, but Muskingum could not be halted. A President service error locked in the set for the Muskies.
  • In set two, the Muskies and Presidents fought side by side with neither team claiming more than a four-point lead early on. The Muskies tallied a ferocious 7-2 run to slide past Washington and Jefferson with a score of 19-13. The Presidents fought to close the gap, but Muskingum continued to control play. A kill by freshman Alexis Hall secured the 25-16 victory for the Muskies. 
  • In set three, the Muskies capitalized on Washington and Jefferson errors to secure a 9-4 lead over the Presidents. Muskingum notched five unanswered points to expand the lead to 17-8.  The Presidents were able to trim their deficit some, but the Muskies recorded the final point to take the set.  
  • Junior Maddie McGee guided the Muskies with a career-high 12 kills. 
  • Junior Brooke Fatheree registered eight kills and secured eight digs. 
  • Hall and junior Jada Briggs dished out seven kills each. 
  • Junior Jessica Cottle anchored the Muskie backline with a team-high 13 digs. 
  • Freshman Emma Conrad controlled the Muskie offense with a team-best 21 assists.  
  • Junior Erin Dickson contributed 20 assists. 
Saturday Action
 
vs. Case Western Reserve
  • As a team, Muskingum notched 66 kills, 50 assists, and 81 digs. 
  • In set one, the Spartans secured a 9-2 run to jump out to an early 10-3 lead over the Muskies. Muskingum answered back with a 7-3 run to get within two-points of Case Western (15-13). The Muskies fought to close the gap, but the Spartans recorded the final point to take the set. 
  • In set two, the Muskies recorded back-to-back points to slide past the Spartans with a score of 7-2. Hall fired off five consecutive kills to expand the gap to 18-7 for the Muskies. Case Western was able to trim their deficit some, but the Muskies continued to control play. Muskingum capitalized on a Spartan error to lock in a 25-18 victory. 
  • In the third set, the Muskies and Spartans fought side by side until Case Western tallied a 9-2 run to secure a 14-8 lead over Muskingum. The Muskies answered back with five straight points to trim the deficit to 14-13. The contest remained tight, but the Spartans locked in the final two points to secure the set. 
  • The battle continued into the fourth set with neither team claiming more than a two-point lead early on. Muskingum recorded back-to-back points to put them ahead 24-21. A kill by Fatheree clinched the set for the Muskies.
  • Muskingum took control of set five early on with a 7-1 run to jump out to an 8-5 lead over the Spartans. Case Western fought to close the gap but was unable to halt the Muskies. Muskingum claimed the set with a score of 15-12.
  • Fatheree notched 24 kills and locked in 15 digs. 
  • Hall chipped in 13 kills. 
  • Dickson led the Muskie attack with a game-high 37 assists. 
  • Junior Brynn Guist guided the Muskies with a team-high two blocks. 
  • Cottle amassed a team-best 22 digs, while junior Maddie Sikorski dished out 19 digs. 

vs. Thiel 

  • As a team, Muskingum registered 37 kills, 30 assists, and 36 digs. 
  • The Muskies took control of set one early on with a score of 13-7. Muskingum registered back-to-back points to expand the gap to 22-11. The Muskies capitalized on Tomcat errors to lock in the set with a score of 25-12.
  • In set two, the Muskies registered a 10-4 run to jump out to an early 11-5 lead over the Tomcats. Thiel fought to trim the deficit, but the Muskies continued to control play. Muskingum recorded twelve unanswered points to secure the dominating 25-11 victory over the Tomcats. 
  • In set three, the Muskies and Tomcats battled neck and neck with neither team claiming more than three-point lead early on. Muskingum tallied a 7-3 run to slide past the Tomcats with a score of 22-16. A service ace by Hall locked in the 25-18 triumph for the Muskies. 
  • Junior Kaitlin Goedde-Noble led the charge with eight kills on 13 total attempts. 
  • Hall and Conrad chipped in six kills each. 
  • Conrad also led the team with 16 assists. 
  • Fatheree amassed a team-best 10 digs, while Cottle dished out nine. 

Up Next

  • The Muskies next participate in the Carnegie Mellon Invite from Friday, September 13 to Saturday, September 14. The Muskies battle Scranton (2:00 p.m.) and Hope (6:00 p.m.) on Friday and go head-to-head with Susquehanna (3:00 p.m.) and Carnegie Mellon (5:00 p.m.) on Saturday.