Not 1, not 2, but 3 double-doubles for Ucar! Yasar-Yilmaz what a great duo! Ozkan’s defense is keeping Iowa Western undefeated! More than 10 kills per match for Topcicek, Tokman, Karacaova and Ayhan!
Irem Ucar literally has no limits! Over the last week, the Turkish setter recorded a double-double in every single match! Yilmaz is digging, Yasar is setting and now Odessa has a 6 winning streak! Iowa Western has the perfect 7-0 and can only thank Ozkan for that! The young ds had 57 digs in only 3 matches! Topcicek, Tokman, Karacaova and Ayhan are killing every ball, recording 12, 11, 11 and 10 kills respectively in their last match!
The Florida A&M volleyball team won another victory over the Campbell University volleyball team in 4 sets (25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22) on Friday. Freshman setter Irem Ucar collected a team high 36 assists and also added 3 aces, 12 digs, 1 block and 1 kill. After a hard 5 sets battle early Saturday, FAMU beat Idaho State in 5 sets 26-24, 23-25, 13-25, 25-19, 5-15). Irem Ucar helped the team with team high 49 assists, also added 4 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks, and 10 digs. FAMU volleyball falling to College of Charleston in 4 sets (19-25, 19-25, 25-20, 16-25) on Saturday afternoon at the CofC Classic in TD Arena. Freshman setter Irem Ucar, known as the assist machine, finished the game with 38 assists, 13 digs, 3 kills, and an ace.
Elif Yasar / Isil Naz Yilmaz
With a 6 winning streak Yasar’s and Yilmaz’s Odessa College(7-1) continues its regular season with the two Turkish freshmen being on fire! Another long weekend for the Wranglers with 4 more wins, this time against Colby CC, Otero Junior College, Eastern Wyoming College and Trinidad college. On the 10th, in the 3-1 win against CCC, Yasar had 37 assists, 2 aces, 12 digs and 1 block while Yilmaz had 5 assists and 12 digs. A couple of hours later, they swept OJC with another great performance. This time, Yasar outdid herself with 39 assists, 3 kills, 2 aces and 4 digs while Yilmaz helped her team with 3 assists and 12 digs. Lastly, on the 11th in the matches against EWC and TSC, Yasar had 31 assists, 3 aces, 5 digs and 1 kill and Yilmaz had 2 assist and 32 digs!
Iowa Western is still undefeated! The IW Reivers (7-0) have 7 wins in 7 matches and have only lost 3 sets so far! Another great week with three more ‘dubs’ against Western Nebraska CC, Utah State Eastern and Northeastern Junior College. On the 10th, in the match against WNCC, the young defensive specialist literally was not letting the ball touch the floor and she recorded 1 assist and 26 digs! On the 11th, she had 1 assist and 14 digs against USE and 2 assists and 17 digs against NJC.
17/9 vs Pratt CC & Butler CC
18/9 vs Independence CC & Laramie CC
Bradley fell to South Dakota (25-17, 25-20, 27-25) on Thursday night at the South Dakota Classic. Bradley (1-5 overall) ran into a hot-hitting South Dakota (1-3 overall) team that was picked to defend its Summit League title this fall. Doga Topcicek recorded 5 kills, 1 assist, 13 digs, and a block. Bradley takes second loss against Milwaukee on Friday morning in 4 sets (18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-12). Bradley received a season-best 12 kills from sophomore Doga Topcicek. She also added 5 digs, 2 aces, 1 assist, and a block. The Braves sweep Central Arkansas (25-23, 25-20, 25-15) on Friday afternoon and take their first win of the tournament. Sophomore Doga Topcicek played a big role in Bradley's victory with 12 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs, and a block.
Yagmur Cinel - Damla Tokman
Hofstra swept Stony Brook in 3 sets on Tuesday evening in The Long Island Rivalry at Pritchard. Sophomore Yagmur Cinel helped with 2 aces for Hofstra to mark a new season high and she also added 5 digs, while sophomore Damla Tokman recorded 2 blocks, 2 digs, 1 block. The weekend they started the Ellis Rowland Memorial Tournament by sweeping Cleveland State (25-23, 25-18, 25-21). Sophomore Damla Tokman recorded 5 kills and 2 blocks. Then, the Pride fell to Princeton in 3 sets (25-15, 25-10, 25-23) at Colgate and Pride’s three-match win streak came to an end. Sophomore middle blocker Damla Tokman recorded 2 blocks and a dig. On Saturday, Hofstra lost to Colgate in a four-set match (25-23, 25-15, 27-29, 25-19) and Damla Tokman finished the game with a career high 11 kills and 5 digs.
What an interesting tournament for the young outside Sabire Karacaova. Her university, UC San Diego, played in the University of New Mexico tournament the past Friday and Saturday. The Tritons lost the first match against Seattle in 3 while Sabire did not get the opportunity to help her team. However, the same day, UCSD played against Southeastern Louisiana University and managed to win their first match for the season in 4 (25-20, 23-25, 13-25, 20-25) and freshman Sabire took advantage of her play time scoring 11 kills, 2 assists, 8 digs, and 1 ace. The next day, they swept New Mexico (25-21, 25-23, 25-23) and Sabire led her team to this victory with 11 kills, 4 aces, and 5 digs.
Beste Ayhan & Mila Ilieva
UMBC volleyball played against American on Tuesday, September 7th and lost in 4 (19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20). Beste Ayhan was one of her team’s kill leaders, with 10 kills, 1 assist, 2 aces, 1 dig, and 5 blocks from which 1 was solo. Meanwhile, Mila Ilieva had a nice game with 5 kills, 2 digs, and 5 blocks. Three days after that, they returned stronger and won Quinnipiac in 4 (13-25, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25) and Howard in 3 (18-25, 24-26, 19-25). Both Mila and Beste had great performances. Mila helped the team with 8 kills, 1 dig and 5 blocks in total, while Beste finished the day adding 6 kills, 2 assists, 2 aces, 4 digs, 4 blocks, and 2 solo blocks in her stats. For the last game of this week, UMBC faced Maryland on Saturday, September 11th, but unfortunately lost in 3 (25-17, 25-13, 25-13). Beste and Mila battled side to side for one more game with Beste contributing with 2 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 2 digs, 1 block solo and 1 block assist and Mila with 2 kills.
Sevgi Koyuncu’s Lincoln Memorial University (1-5) ended their preseason schedule with a 1-3 record and started their conference one on the 10th. Unfortunately, they had a bad start after suffering two 0-3 losses against Queens(16-25, 23-25, 14-25) and Catawba(23-25, 14-25, 16-25). Both matches were hosted at the Railsplitters’s home gym; the Mary Mars Gymnasium. Koyuncu took part in both matches recording 1 assist, 2 aces and 8 digs against Queens and 1 assist, 2 aces and 11 digs against Catawba.
14/9 vs Carson-Newman
Ozge Yavuz / Karya Suvarioglu
The second week of September started off the right way for Yavuz’s and Suvarioglu’s New Mexico Military Institute, but it didn’t end as well. On the 9th, the Broncos played against Otero Junior College and won in 3 straight sets. Suvarioglu contributed with 2 kills, 18 assists, 3 digs and 5 blocks while Yavuz had 1 kill and 1 block. The next day, they had two matches: one against Eastern Wyoming College(3-0 win) and one against Trinidad State College(3-1 win). The young setter had 2 kills, 34 assists, 5 digs and 4 blocks overall, while the young middle blocker did not participate a lot, only recording 1 kill. Lastly, on the 11th, after 3 straight matches and a 5-set thriller, the Broncos fell to Colby CC. Suvarioglu had a great performance recording 1 kill, 30 assists, 7 digs and 4 blocks.
Such a busy week for College of Southern Idaho(8-6) and Didar Ozcan after playing 5 matches in a row in only 4 days! On the 8th, the Eagles played against Treasure Valley CC and won in 3. Ozcan took part in 2 games and recorded 2 kills and 1 assist. That following weekend, they were invited to the Starr Corporation Tournament in Twin Falls, Idaho. On the 9th, they faced Casper College, which they lost to in 4, and Laramie County CC, which they swept. The young middle blocker had 1 kill, 2 assists and 2 blocks in the first match and 2 kills, 1 dig and 3 blocks in the second. Lastly, on the 11th they played against Central Wyoming College and Blue Mountain. In the loss against CWC, Ozcan had 2 kills in one set and in the win against BM she had 1 kill, 1 ace and 1 dig in one set.
15/9 vs Treasure Valley CC
In Texas A&M ‘s first game of the day, the Aggies swept Albany (25-18, 25-22, 25-11) on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies improve to 5-2 overall on the year and remain undefeated at the Texas A&M Invitational, while Albany drops to 3-6 overall. Freshman setter Nisa Buzlutepe booked her first collegiate assist in her first appearance on a kill by Christon! She finished the game with 6 assists.
14/9 vs Texas State
17/9 vs Texas
Nisa Buzlutepe, her first career NCAA game
The UTEP suffered their first loss of the season against Grand Canyon, 3-1 (23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25) at the Portland State Tournament on Friday. Sophomore Hande Yetis recorded 19 assists and 1 dig. The UTEP swept the Portland Pilots (25-20, 25-15, 25-18) at the Portland State Tournament on Friday. Sophomore setter Hande Yetis tallied 19 assists and also added 2 aces, 1 block and 1 dig.
The Pirates had an amazing weekend beating Marist ( 3-2), IONA(3-0), St. Francis (3-1) and Columbia ( 3-0). The Hall's current four-match win streak is its longest since winning five in a row early in the 2016 season. Sophomore Cagla Bengi finished with a team high 19 assists and also added 2 kills, 3 aces, and 7 digs against Marist and 1 kill, 11 assists, 3 digs, and 1 ace against Iona. The Pirates had their sixth straight win, victory over St. Francis on Saturday morning and Cagla collected a team-high 21 assists to go with 6 digs and 2 aces. Finally, Seton Hall won the Big Apple Tournament by beating Colombia in 3 sets (25-17, 25-16, 25-18) and also claimed its seventh straight victory. Cagla Bengi helped the team with 18 assists, 5 digs and a kill.
St. Francis Brooklyn volleyball battled in the Columbian Tournament. On Wednesday September 8th, the terriers won Saint Peter’s in 3 (25-17, 25-18, 25-18) and the sophomore from Istanbul, Irem Elmas, had 4 kills, 1 assist, 1 block, and 4 digs. Then, St. Francis faced Columbia, but they were defeated with a score 1-3 (25-18, 18-25, 15-25, 21-25). Irem managed to score 3 kills and dig 9 balls. The tournament ended with 2 losses on Saturday, one against Seton Hall in 4 (21-25, 10-25, 25-20, 15-25) and one vs Iona in 3 (20-25, 23-25, 25-27).
TAMUCC volleyball played in the South Texas Showdown tournament for the third time in season week. Firstly, they faced Texas A&M, but they lost in 3 (22-25, 20-25, 20-25). Young Ece Emrullah recorded 2 kills, 1 assist, 2 digs, and 1 block. Next, Islanders played against Texas Southern on Saturday, September 11th and accomplished an easy win in 3 (25-9, 25-14, 25-16) with the freshmen middle blocker scoring 3 kills, 3 aces and 1 block. Last, they played vs UTRGV on Sunday and won their third game 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23).Ece led offensively her team with 6 kills, 1 assist, 2 blocks and 1 solo block.
Elif Su Yavuz
Auburn University did a great job for one more time and finished the week with an overall 6-0. On Thursday, September 9th, the Tigers won over North Alabama in 3 (23-25, 13-25, 13-25) and on Sunday they battled vs Santa Clara and won with a score 2-3 (21-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-20, 12-15). In the last game, Elif Su Yavuz contributed to her team with 1 kill, 3 blocks, and 1 dig.
Revna Cakir & Ada Bulgur
UTRGV played in their home tournament on September 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th and won 3 out of the 4 matches. Firstly, they played against Louisiana and won in 5 (25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 21-25, 12-15). Then they won Incarnate Word in 3 (25-18, 25-21, 25-18). The next day they played against Texas Southern and won with a score 3-0 (25-7, 25-18, 25-7) and lastly, they played against TAMCC, but after a long weekend they lost in 4 (25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23). Ada Bulgur played against Texas Southern, a wonderful game with 8 kills, 2 assists, 3 aces, and 3 blocks.
University of Miami continues its undefeated pre-season tournament with 2 wins in the Bobcat invitational. With an overall record of 7-0, Miami Hurricanes won in 3 both Texas State (18-25, 22-25, 22-25) and Alabama (21-25, 19-25, 18-25). The freshman outside from Istanbul, Peyman Yardimci, keeps leading her team to those wins with a passionate performance. This time Peyman managed to score 7 points on the first game and 7.5 on the second, adding 10 kills, 18 digs, 7 blocks, and 1 ace on her individual statistics in total.