Beste Ayhan’s block party in America, now at #3! New season-highs for Koyuncu, Yetis, and Ilieva! Double double-double for Karacaova!
Amazing consistency and top-notch performance from many international players this week in NCAA D1 action! Beste Ayhan added another 15 kills and 14 blocks this weekend, rising to the 3rd spot overall for blocks in NCAA D1!
Three players broke their personal records last week, raising the bar even higher. Firstly, Sevgi Koyuncu with a new season-high of 7 assists, Hande Yetis with a new season-high of 9 digs and Mila Ilieva with a new season-high of 13 kills! Not one but two double-doubles for Sabire Karacaova. The young student-athlete recorded 11 kills and 11 digs in the win against UC Riverside and 12 kills and 18 digs in the win against UC Davis!
October started ideally for Lincoln Memorial University and Sevgi Koyuncu! On October 1st, the Railsplitters defeated Limestone in 4 sets and now have a 3-8 overall record, with a 2-4 conference record. The Turkish starting libero had another outstanding performance by recording 21 digs and 2 aces. This match was the 6th straight match that Koyuncu recorded more than 10 digs! Also, she had a new season high with 7 assists!
Hande Yetis led the team with 16 assists and career-high 9 digs, but Rice rallied in the first set and would go on to defeat UTEP in 3 sets (18-25, 21-25, 16-25) on Sunday afternoon in a Conference-USA match. UTEP volleyball falling to Rice Owls after a hard- fought five set (25-27, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-10) last Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse. Sophomore setter Hande Yetis recorded 33 assists and 4 digs.
Beste Ayhan & Mila Ilieva
What a great week for UMBC volleyball after adding 2 wins in their overall record. First, they played at New Hampshire and won with a score of 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22) on Friday, October 1st. Beste Ayhan and Mila Ilieva both had a dominant role in this match and showed their power in the front row. Beste had 9 kills, 7 blocks, and 3 digs, while Mila had her personal record in kills with 13 kills. Also, she had 4 digs and 3 blocks. Next, they faced Hartford and defeated them in 3 (16-25, 22-25, 17-25) on Sunday, October 3rd. The young athletes had again a solid performance with Beste scoring 11.5 points (6 kills, 2 aces, 7 blocks, 1 assist, and 3 digs) and Mila scoring 6.5 (6 kills, 1 blocks, and 1 dig).
UCSD volleyball had a successful week with 2 wins. The Tritons won over UC Riverside, in their first home win in D1 and The Big West, with score 1-3 (10-25, 15-25, 25-23, 16-25) on Friday, October 1st and the very next day they faced UC Davis and won in 4 again (22-25, 19-25, 25-22, 20-25). Sabire Karacova had a dominant role in these matches after recording a double-double in both of them! She had 11 kills,11 digs,1 assist and 2 aces against UC Riverside. For the second match, she had 12 kills and 18 digs.
October is a brand new start for Eastern Wyoming College (7-8,2-2) and Asli Erdi. The Lancers left September’s record behind them, and started off the new month with two dubs! On October 1st, the Lancers faced Casper College for a very difficult and tiring match. After 5 long sets and rallys, EWC got the win! The very next day, they played against Western Wyoming CC and despite the 5 games from the previous day, the Lancers swept them and went home with two wins! Asli Erdi recorded 4 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces and 2 blocks in the first match and 3 kills, 3 digs and 2 blocks in the second. Importantly, Asli was also voted by her teammates as Practice Player of the Week, an honor bestowed to the hardest working player on the team on a weekly basis.
With a 14-6 overall record and staying neutral in the conference (1-1), Akcay’s Indian Hills JC started the new month with 2 wins and 1 loss. On the 1st of October, the Warriors played against Jefferson whom they beat in 4 sets. Esra had 3 aces and 2 blocks. The next day, they had two matches: one against Mineral Area and one against Missouri State. In the 3-0 win against Jefferson, the young middle blocker had 1 kill, 1 ace and 1 block while in the loss against MS, she did not get any points.
8/10 vs Highland & Butler
Odessa College (10-3, 3-2) recorded their 5th 3-0 win and the second straight win for the season. On October 2nd, Clarendon College visited Odessa College at the OC Sports Center. The Wranglers were not the greatest hosts since they swept Clarendon in 3 straight sets and sent them back home. Isil Yilmaz recorded 12 digs. It is remarkable to say that this was the 9th match that the young ds recorded more than 10 digs in the 13 matches the Wranglers have played so far.
2 more wins were added to the New Mexico Military Institute’s record and now the Broncos continue with an outstanding 16-4 overall record and 4-1 conference record. On the 29th of September, NMMI swept Western Texas College (25-13, 25-16, 25-13) at home. Karya Suvarioglu helped her team achieve that win by recording 18 assists and 1 dig. On the 2nd of October, the Broncos went to Midland, Texas to play against Midland College. In this win, the young setter had once again the most assists in her team and added to her individual stats 24 assists, 2 digs and 4 blocks.
Rana Kamis & Duru Ozkan
With a 10-match winning streak enters October for Iowa Western CC! The Reivers added 4 more wins last week and now have a perfect 14-1 record! IWCC played against Marshalltown, Jefferson College, Mineral Area College and Missouri State University and all we can say is that Ozkan’s stats progressively get better! On September 30th, in the win against Marshalltown (3-0), Kamis had 3 kills, 2 aces and 3 digs and Ozkan had 7 digs. On the 1st against JC(3-0) and MAC(3-0), Ozkan recorded 1 assist and 10 digs in the first match and 1 assist, 2 aces and 14 digs in the second. Lastly, on October 2nd, in the 5 set thriller match against MSU, Ozkan would not let the ball touch the floor and she recorded 24 digs and 3 assists. For all her exploits recently, the NJCAA awarded Duru as the best defensive player for NJCAA D1 the past week, confirming Duru’s tremendous contributions to her 2nd ranked team nationally, and reigning NJCAA D1 national champions!
Pretty light week for Koleva’s Tyler JC (14-6,5-3) after only having one match. Usually the Apaches had at least 4-5 matches each week, but last week was an easy one for them and they definitely took advantage of their time off. On the 28th, they played against Victoria College which they swept in 3 sets (25-9, 28-26, 25-23). Alexandra Koleva had another great performance with 2 kills, 26 assists and 9 digs and helped maintain the positive record for the Apaches!
Rutgers volleyball falling 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23) against Northwestern on Friday night at Welsh Ryan Arena. Sophomore outside hitter Cansu Gunaydin recorded 4 kills, 1 block and 1 dig. Rutgers volleyball falling to No.4 Purdue in 3 ( 25-6, 25-17, 25-15) on Saturday night at Holloway Gymnasium. Sophomore Cansu Gunaydin finished the game with 2 kills and 2 aces.
Damla Tokman & Yagmur Cinel
The Hofstra volleyball team earned a four-set (27-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20) win over Delaware on Saturday afternoon at the Carpenter Sports Building. Damla Tokman helped her team with 5 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs and 5 blocks while Yagmur Cinel helped with 5 digs. Delaware defeated the Pride in three sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-23) on Sunday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center. Damla Tokman finished the game with 6 kills and 4 blocks while Yagmur Cinel with 2 aces and 3 digs.
Cagla Bengi & Tsveti Ilieva
The Seton Hall women's volleyball team dominated the game and beat Providence, 3-2 (25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 26-28, 15-13) last Friday. Tsveti Ilieva finished with 2 digs and season-high 14 kills while Cagla Bengi finished with 19 assists, 3 aces and 9 digs. Pirates fell to No. 16 Creighton in 3 sets (24-26, 15-25, 18-25), last Saturday. Tsveti Ilieva had 1 block, 1 dig, and a team- high 7 kills while Cagla Bengi had 9 assists, 1 ace, and 3 digs.
Melisa Nur Temiz & Melisa Tore
The Blue Raiders dropped their first match on Friday after a 5-set (25-19, 25-15, 18-25, 17-25, 4-15) battle against Marshall. However MTSU volleyball came back on Saturday afternoon, battled to a win and took a revenge in 4 sets (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19). Melisa Nur Temiz closed the week with 15 kills, 4 aces, 4 assists, 4 blocks, 27 digs while Melisa Tore finished with 3 aces and 1 dig.
The Florida A&M volleyball team picked up their second straight Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) win in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-17) road victory at Bethune-Cookman. Irem Ucar assisted game-high 40 and also recorded 1 kill, 2 aces and 5 digs.
The Braves, after a hard-fought five-set, earned a 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 25-10, 15-10) victory over Southern Illinois last Friday at Renaissance Coliseum. Sophomore Doga Topcicek recorded 2 kills, 1 ace and 6 digs.
Elif Su Yavuz
With an overall score of 10-4, Auburn University volleyball is heading to the 3rd week of conference. The girls managed to win 2 out of 3 matches this past week. On Wednesday, September 29th, they played against Tennessee, but they were defeated in 3 (16-25, 21-25, 14-25). Then, they played Alabama on Saturday and Sunday and won both matches, the first one in 5 sets (21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 5-15) and the second match in 3 (19-25, 14-25, 18-25). Elif Su Yavuz started in line up for all the matches and managed to help her team with 7 kills, and 11 blocks from which 1 was solo, and 3 digs in total.
Ece Oztuna, Ece Erol & Ezgi Dokuzlar
Chicago State University played against Utah Valley University on Thursday, September 30th, but lost in 4 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17). Setter Ece Oztuna had a great performance with 38 assists, 1 kill, and 6 digs. Young Ece Erol had 2 kills, 1 block, and 6 digs, while Ezgi Dokuzlar had 6 kills, 2 blocks (1 solo), and 1 dig. In spite the fact that they lost on Thursday, Chicago State came back on Saturday and won over Dixie State University in 3 (20-25, 20-25, 17-25). For this match, Ece Oztuna didn’t have much play time, but she recorded 4 assists and 1 dig. Ece Erol had 9 digs and 1 ace, while Ezgi contributed with 4 kills and 2 blocks.
University of Miami volleyball added 2 more wins, and now it has the perfect 12-2 overall record. The Miami Hurricanes had their first match of October on Friday, October 1st, against UNC and won in 5(27-29, 20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 12-15). Freshman, Peyman Yardimci, led her team offensively, with 9 kills. In addition, she had 1 ace, 4 blocks, and 8 digs. Next, the girls faced NC State and battling they managed to win in 3 (30-32, 20-25, 19-25). Peyman had 6 kills,6 digs, and 6 blocks.