Beste in 8th place overall nationally, leads America East in total blocks! Tokman the CAA-Defensive player of the week! Bengi with the 300! New season high for Koyuncu! Topcicek with another double-double and Karacaova with the golden double 15!
Beste Ayhan is rapidly rising among the best blockers in the entire NCAA D1! She sits at # 8 currently, leads the America East Conference in total blocks (66) and she is still in the top-3 players in hitting percentage (0.299)! With a new career high of 11 blocks, Damla Tokman was selected as the CAA-Defensive player of the week! Cagla Bengi surpassed the 300-assist milestone for her career in the match against St.John’s. Sevgi Koyuncu broke last week’s season high with a new one of 31 digs in the big win against King! On September 25th, Sabire Karacaova recorded her first collegiate double-double of 15 kills and 15 digs and Doga Topcicek had another double-double with 14 kills and 15 digs!
Beste Ayhan & Mila Ilieva
The America East Conference season started for UMBC volleyball with 2 great tests, in defense of their conference title last season. They did not win both of the matches, but the score was close. Trievers first played against Coppin State, and they were defeated in 4 (27-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19) on Monday, September 20th. Then they beat Stony Brook on Saturday, September 25th with a score 3-1 (25-27, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18). Beste Ayhan and Mila Ilieva were both incredible blockers in these matches, with 11 blocks for Beste from which 2 were solo blocks and 8 blocks for Mila from which 2 were solo as well. Besides their dominant blocking role, the two girls had 12 kills and 10 kills, respectively, and Beste added 6 digs in her individual statistics while Mila added 1.
Damla Tokman & Yagmur Cinel
Damla Tokman's excellent offensive performance and Yagmur Cinel’s defensive performance unfortunately wasn't enough for Hofstra to win. Hofstra first fell to Northeastern in 5 sets (21-25, 25-18, 14-25, 28-26, 15-6) on Saturday afternoon at Solomon Court. Damla Tokman had 9 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs and a career-high 11 blocks while Yagmur Cinel had 3 aces and 7 digs. Hofstra did take their revenge, defeating Northeastern in five sets (25-16, 24-26, 25-15, 17-25, 15-10) at Solomon Court on Sunday afternoon. Yagmur Cinel helped her team with 1 ace, 4 digs and 5 kills while Damla Tokman helped her team with 10 blocks, 3 kills, 1 ace and 2 digs. Hofstra is now 4-1 in five-set matches this season and three of the Pride's four CAA contests have gone the distance.
Cagla Bengi &Tsveti Ilieva
Seton Hall swept NJIT, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-22), in their final tune-up before BIG EAST play Tuesday at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center. Cagla Bengi recorded 14 assists and 3 digs while Tsveti Ilieva recorded 1 kill, 1 ace, and 2 digs. The Seton Hall volleyball team fell in straight sets at Connecticut, 3-0 (16-25, 16-25, 11-25), on Friday to open BIG EAST Conference play. Setter Cagla Bengi recorded 6 assists and 1 ace while Tsveti Ilieva recorded 5 kills and 1 dig. Lastly, the Pirates fell in a close battle with St. John's, 3-1 (27-29, 22-25, 26-24, 26-28), on Sunday in newly-renovated Walsh Gymnasium. Setter Cagla Bengi recorded 20 assists, 2 aces and 1 dig while Tsveti Ilieva recorded 2 kills and 2 blocks.
With a score 1-1, UC San Diego volleyball began its inaugural D1 season in the Big West conference. The Tritons competed against UC Santa Barbara on Friday, September 24th, but lost in 4 (25-20, 14-25, 19-25, 18-25). The next day they returned stronger, and managed to beat CSUN and to accomplish a 3-1 win (25-22, 25-14, 20-25, 25-20). Freshman Sabire Karacoava had a dominant role for one more time and a great performance with 13 kills, 2 aces and 4 digs in the first match and her first collegiate double-double with 15 kills, 2 aces, and 15 digs against CSUN.
Playing at Northern Iowa to open Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time since 2004, Bradley Volleyball fell in the conference opener (25-20, 25-18, 25-14) Friday night at the McLeod Center. Sophomore Doga Topcicek recorded 1 kill,1 ace and 5 digs. The Bradley volleyball team picked up their first Missouri Valley Conference win of the 2021 season, downing the Drake in 5 sets (25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12) on Saturday at the Knapp Center. Sophomore Doga Topcicek helped her team with 14 kills, 15 digs and 4 blocks.
Lincoln Memorial University (2-8) and Sevgi Koyuncu finished the second week of conference games by adding 2 losses and 1 win in their record. On the 21st, they played against King and lost after 5 long and tiring sets. The match was so fun to watch and both teams had some great rallies. Koyuncu had an amazing performance and was able to break last week’s season high with a new one of 31 digs! She also had 4 assists and 4 aces. On the 24th, the LMU Railsplitters swept UVA Wise and the Turkish starting libero recorded 2 assists, 2 aces and 11 digs. Lastly, on the 25th, they played against Tusculum and lost in 4. The senior had 1 assist and 18 digs in that match.
1/10 vs Limestone
Iowa Western CC has a 6-matches’ winning streak and is ranked 2nd at the NJCAA D1 volleyball poll! 4 more wins were added to their record last week and now the Reivers have an incredible 14-1 record! On the 20th, in the 3-1 win against Hawkeye CC and Indian Hills CC, Ozkan had 1 assist and 14 digs and 3 assists and 25 digs respectively. On the 25th, they had a double game day against Neosho County CC and Johnson County CC. The Reivers beat NCCC in 4 and JCCC in 5. Ozkan recorded 4 assists and 21 digs in the first match and 3 assists and 20 digs in the second.
Koleva’s Tyler College, in and out of NJCAA D1’s top-10 this season, finished the 4th week of September with a 13-5 overall record and 4-3 conference record. Another busy week for the Apaches after playing 5 matches in 5 days. On the 21st, in the sweep against Lee College, Koleva had a solid performance recording 1 kill, 32 assists, 2 aces, 8 digs, and 4 blocks (1 solo). On the 23rd, they beat Wharton County Junior College in 3 and Koleva had 1 kill, 38 assists, 2 aces and 5 digs. The next day, they had two matches, one against Missouri State and one against Indian Hills CC. In the loss against MS (3-1), the setter recorded 2 kills, 40 assists, 3 aces, 1 dig and 2 blocks while in the win against IHJC (3-0) she had 1 kill, 33 assists, 4 aces, 4 digs, 1 block. Lastly, on the 25th, after a long week, they were defeated by Blinn College in 4. Alexandra Koleva had 1 kill, 38 assists, 6 digs and 1 block in this match.
28/9 vs Victoria College
Not such a great week for Indian Hills JC (12-5) falling off the Top-10 in NJCAA D1. However, Esra Akcay had her baptism of fire! The Warriors lost their 11-match winning streak and had their first loss after 5 weeks. Over the last week, IHJC played 4 top-10 teams, against Iowa Western, Blinn College, Tyler and Missouri State and unfortunately lost in all 4 of them with scores of 3-1, 3-1, 3-0 and 3-0 respectively. On the 25th, against Missouri State, Akcay stepped in an American arena for the very first time! She recorded 2 aces, 7 digs and 2 blocks!
Elif Yasar & Isil Naz Yilmaz
In the 4th week of September, Yasar’s and Yilmaz’s Odessa College (9-3) added one loss and one win to their record. Usually the Wranglers have more than 3 matches per week,but this week was pretty light for them since they only played against New Mexico Junior College and Frank Phillips College. In the loss against NMJC (1-3), Yilmaz recorded 24 digs in 4 sets and Yasar had 3 assists and 1 dig in 1 set. In the sweep against FPC, Yilmaz recorded 3 assists and 7 digs. Yasar did not participate in that match, nursing a back injury.
2/10 vs Clarendon College
Ozge Yavuz & Karya Suvarioglu
Another ‘dub’ for Yavuz’s and Suvarioglu’s New Mexico Military Institute that continued their season with an amazing 14-4 wins to losses ratio, and appear ready to crack the Top-10, sitting currently at #11 in NJCAA D1! Last week, the NMMI Broncos swept Clarendon College in 3. Karya Suvarioglu recorded 1 kill, 9 assists, 1 dig and 1 block while Ozge Yavuz participated in 1 set without getting any points
Tough week for Eastern Wyoming college (5-8) and Asli Erdi, after suffering two losses. On the 24th, the Lancers faced Central Wyoming College and after 2,5 hours of playing they couldn’t manage to take the win and lost in 5 (22-25,26-24,25-23, 16-25,15-13). Erdi had 3 kills, 4 blocks, 4 aces and 2 digs. The next day, they lost to Northwest College in 3. The young Turkish recorded 3 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces and 2 digs in that match.
St. Francis College volleyball started their NEC conference matches this past week. Firstly, they played against Saint Francis (PA) on September 24th and the next day they faced Fairleigh Dickinson. Unfortunately, they did not manage to win the first one in which they lost in 3 (19-25, 20-25, 22-25), but they come back on Saturday to accomplish their first in-conference win for this season with score 3-2 (25-21, 28-26, 20-25, 20-25, 15-13). Irem Elmas contributed to her team with 9 kills, 1 assist, 4 digs, 2 aces, and 1 block.
Texas A&M at Corpus Christi and Ece Emrullah have 1 for 1 in conference! With a record of 5-7 overall and 1-0 conference, the Corpus Christi Islanders continue their regular season after the sweep against UIW. The Islanders travelled to San Antonio, Texas on the 25th and were able to record their 1st conference win. Ece Emrullah played in 1 set and had 1 kill, 3 blocks and 1 dig
Elif Su Yavuz
Auburn University volleyball played one match on September 22nd against Ole Miss and one on September 26th against Alabama. Unfortunately, the Tigers didn’t manage to win any of their first in-conference matches, but they battled until the last point. For Wednesday’s match, the score was 3-1 in favor of Ole Miss (20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18) and for the one on Sunday, Auburn was defeated in 5 sets (20-25, 25-13, 25-15, 24-26, 14-16). Senior Elif Su Yavuz contributed to her team with 4 kills and 6 blocks, from which one was solo.
Ezgi Dokuzlar & Ece Oztuna & Ece Erol
Chicago State University volleyball had its first in-conference matches on September 23rd and 26th on their longest trip of the season, visiting Seattle and California. Firstly, the Cougars faced Seattle University in which they swept in 3 (28-26, 25-23, 25-18) and then they were swept by hosts California Baptist University with (19-25, 13-25, 19-25). Setter Ece Oztuna had 3 kills, 7 assists, 1 block and 6 digs in total. Outside/RS Ece Erol did an awesome job in the back row with 12 digs and 1 ace, and was useful in the front row as well with 3 kills and 2 blocks. Lastly, outside hitter/opposite Ezgi Dokuzlar managed to score 3.5 points (3 kills, 1 block).
With one loss and one win the ACC conference battles began for the Miami Hurricanes. University of Miami volleyball played nationally third-ranked Louisville on September 24th in which they lost in 3 (10-25, 21-25, 14-25). Then the girls won over Notre Dame in 3 (25-21, 25-15, 25-22). Beside their loss, they own an incredible overall record with 10 wins and 2 loses. Peyman Yardimci continues to impress with her offensive role. For these matches she had 13 kills, 4 blocks, 1 assist, and 9 digs.
Melisa Nur Temiz & Melisa Tore
Middle Tennessee lost their final pre-conference match in 3 sets (25-27, 23-25, 27-29) to the UT Martin Skyhawks on Tuesday. Melisa Nur Temiz recorded 8 kills, 1 assist and 7 digs. The Blue Raiders started Conference-USA play at home on Friday night against a very good Charlotte 49ers team with a 3-1 win. This is the first win over Charlotte for Middle Tennessee's volleyball team since 2017. Melisa Nur Temiz recorded 8 kills, 1 assist and 7 digs. MTSU comes back from 2-1 and defeats Charlotte in 5 sets (26-24, 19-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-7) on Saturday night. Melisa Nur Temiz had an amazing game with 9 kills, 2 assists, 3 aces and 6 digs while Melisa Tore recorded 2 aces and 1 dig.
Rutgers volleyball lost their B1G conference opener to No.20 Penn State in 3 sets (10-25, 12-25, 20-25) at the RAC on Friday night. Cansu Gunaydin recorded 3 kills, 2 assists, and 1 ace. The following day Rutgers volleyball fell to No. 2 Wisconsin, in 3 tight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-21). Overall, the match endured 18 ties and five lead changes. Cansu Gunaydin recorded 2 kills, 1 ace and 1 dig.
UTEP picked their last win, before C-USA Conference, against a feisty UTRGV team in 4 sets 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-23, 26-24) on Thursday to achieve its best start in program history. Hande Yetis led the team with three aces and 28 assists and also added 4 digs.
FAMU Volleyball fell to Jackson State University volleyball in 3 sets (26-28, 24-26, 23-25) on Friday night in the conference opener. Irem Ucar recorded 4 kills, 27 assists, 5 digs and 1 block.
1/10 vs Bethune Cookman University