New season highs for Koyuncu, Yilmaz, Ozkan, Suvarioglu, Koleva, Temiz and Dokuzlar! Hard work definitely pays off for Koleva, Karakaova and Temiz! Ilieva joined the 200-kill club!
What a successful week for the girls! The internationals took over NCAA and NJCAA last week, since 6 of them broke their personal records! Koyuncu and Ozkan with a new career-high in digs, Dokuzlar in blocks, Temiz and Suvarioglu in kills, Koleva in blocks and aces and Yilmaz in assists! Koleva, Karakaova and Temiz with more double-doubles! Koleva with 44 assists and 14 digs, Karakaova with 16 kills and 12 digs and Temiz with 13 kills and 14 digs! In the match against Xavier, Ilieva surpassed the 200-kill milestone!
Lincoln Memorial University added 2 losses and 1 win in its now 4-10 overall record this past week of competition. On the 5th, the Railsplitters fell to Mars Hill in SAC action at the Mary Mars Gymnasium. Libero Sevgi Koyuncu tallied a new career-high in digs as she dug up 33 attacks on the night! She also tied her career-high in assists with 7 and in aces with 3. On the 8th, LMU began a two-game road stand but fell in the opening contest at Wingate in 3 sets . Once more, the senior libero led Lincoln Memorial defensively with 17 digs, while adding 3 assists and 1 ace to her individual stats. The next day, the Railsplitters completed their two-game road trip with a 4-set victory over Coker! Libero Sevgi Koyuncu recorded 25 digs in the contest, making it the fifth match she has had 20 or more digs! She also had 1 kill and 4 assists.
With a 4 winning streak and remaining undefeated in October, Yilmaz’s Odessa College has an amazing 12-3 overall record with a 5-2 conference record. The Wranglers started last week against Midland College, a very good team that gave them trouble. After 2,5 hours and a match that kept everyone on their toes, Odessa got the dub! Isil Yilmaz had a new season/career high of 7 assists and also added 12 digs. On the 9th, the Wranglers were still hyped up from the last win so they swept Western Texas College in 3. In this match, the young libero had 3 assists and 11 digs.
Iowa Western is determined not to lose their winning streak! With 3 more wins last week, the Reivers now have a 13 winning streak, remaining undefeated from September 17th, with a 21-1 overall record and a 2-0 conference record. A big part of Iowa Western’s accomplishments is played by Duru Ozkan. The freshman from Ankara, is literally digging every ball, breaking her personal record again! More specifically, Ozkan had 2 assists and 12 digs in the sweep against McCook and 1 assist and 12 digs in the sweep against Central Wyoming College. In the big 5 set win against Western Nebraska, that lasted more than 2.5 hours, the young ds was outstanding as she recorded 30 digs, breaking her previous record of 26 digs. She also added 2 assists.
The New Mexico Military Institute can’t stop winning! With a 18-4 overall record and an almost perfect 6-1 conference record, the Broncos added their 4th and 5th straight win last week. On the 6th, they traveled to Borger in Texas to play against Frank Phillips College. They were terrible visitors since they swept them in 3! Karya had a season/career high in that match with 4 kills, recording 1.000% hitting percentage. She also added 16 assists, 3 digs, 3 block assists and 1 solo block. On the 9th, they welcomed New Mexico Junior College in their home gym and they swept them as well. The young setter recorded 10 assists, 1 dig and 3 blocks in that match.
Back to their normal busy schedules has returned Koleva’s Tyler JC(14-7,5-4), after playing 6 matches last week. In total, the Apaches had 3 wins and 3 losses of these games and Alexandra Koleva broke two of her personal records and also recorded a double double. In more detail:
Alexandra Koleva is ranked 3rd in the NJCAA with 920 assists!
Last week was a really tough week for UC San Diego volleyball. The Tritons faced UC Irvine on Tuesday, October 5th and Hawaii on Friday, October 8th. For the first match, the Tritons battled till the end of the 5th set but unfortunately, they lost in 5 (25-15, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11). Sabire Karacaova had an outstanding performance and led UCSD offensively with 16 kills. On top of that she had 2 aces, 12 digs, 1 assist, and 1 block. For the second match, the girls were defeated by Hawaii with a score of 1-3 (22-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-21). Sabire continued her great week with 17 kills,, 2 blocks and 8 digs.
Melisa Nur Temiz & Melisa Tore
Middle Tennessee volleyball beat FIU 3-1 (15-25, 25-15, 28-26, 25-20) at Alumni Memorial Gym on Friday afternoon and kept Middle Tennessee undefeated at home with a 3-0 record. Melisa Nur Temiz recorded 8 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, and 9 digs while Melisa Tore recorded game-high 3 aces. Then, Middle Tennessee picked up their second win, in 5 sets (25-20, 27-29, 25-22, 18-25, 16-14), over FIU in a weekend series with FIU at Alumni Memorial Gym on Saturday afternoon. Middle Tennessee currently sits in second place in C-USA East. Melisa Nur Temiz had a double-double with 14 digs and career-high 13 kills; she also had 2 assists, 1 ace, and 2 blocks.
Cagla Bengi & Tsveti Ilieva
Seton Hall volleyball fell to Xavier on the road, (23-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21, 13-15), on Friday. Tsveti Ilieva was amazing offensively, collecting 9 kills with only 1 hitting error and 7 digs. With 9 kills, Ilieva surpassed the 200-kill milestone for her career. Seton Hall’s setter Cagla Bengi recorded 27 assists and 6 digs. On Saturday, the Pirates swept Butler, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 26-24). The Pirates snap a six-match losing streak to Butler and pick up their second BIG EAST victory of the season in impressive fashion on the road. Sophomore Cagla Bengi narrowly missed a double-double with 9 assists and 8 digs while Tsveti Ilieva had 4 kills.
Ezgi Dokuzlar & Ece Erol
University of Chicago State volleyball faced New Mexico State University and Grand Canyon University for week 3 of the WAC conference. First, they played New Mexico on Thursday, October 7th, and despite the big fight they put up against them, they didn’t manage to win that long match. The final score was 3-2 in favor of New Mexico (20-25, 25-20, 14-25, 25-12, 15-11). Ezgi Dokuzlar participated mostly in the front row and had a great performance with 10 kills, 1 block and 3 digs. Meanwhile, Ece Erol did really well in the back row with 11 digs. For the second match, the Cougars bounced back and won over Grand Canyon in 5 (26-24, 17-25, 15-25, 25-19, 11-15). Ezgi had a dominant role on the net with 7 kills and 8 blocks, from which 3 were solo. Ece had a short play time, but she added 4 digs in her individual statistics.
Even though October started ideally for Eastern Wyoming College and Asli Erdi, the Lancers’ 3 winning streak was eventually lost. On the 5th, the Lancers played against Western Nebraska CC and won in 4, recording the 3rd straight win for October. Asli Erdi had 3 kills, 2 aces, 6 digs and 3 blocks. On the 8th, EWC put up a great fight against Laramie County CC, but unfortunately lost in 5. In that long but great match, Erdi had 4 digs, 4 kills, 3 blocks and 1 ace . The EWC Lancers now have a 8-9 overall record, remaining neutral in the conference with 3-3.
Beste Ayhan & Mila Ilieva
UMBC concluded the 3rd week of conference, with the addition of 2 more wins. Winning both of their matches in 3, Trievers faced NJIT (16-25, 11-25, 14-25) on Friday, October 8th and New Hampshire (25-11, 25-12, 25-19) on Sunday, October 10th. Beste Ayhan, who is #4 nationally for total blocks, managed to score 17.5 points during the 2 matches (10 kills, 3 aces, 8 blocks from which 1 was solo) in addition to 1 assist and 5 digs. Meanwhile, Mila Ilieva contributed with 8 kills, 4 blocks and 2 digs in total.
Elif Su Yavuz
Auburn University volleyball played twice against Arkansas for the 3rd week in conference. Unfortunately, they didn’t get to win any of the matches. First, they lost in 4 on Saturday, October 9th (27-25, 18-25, 23-25, 22-23) and the next day they won the 2 first sets, but lost the next 3 (25-20, 25-23, 15-25, 17-25, 7-15). Senior Elif Su Yavuz contributed with 3 kills, 5 digs and 12 blocks in total.
Another successful week for University of Miami volleyball! The Miami Hurricanes out-teamed both Florida State and Duke. They first won against Florida St. in 4 (27-25, 21-25, 22-25, 11-25) on Wednesday, October 6th and then Duke in 3 (26-24, 25-15, 25-21) on Friday, October 8th. Outside/Opposite hitter Peyman Yardimci was an offensive leader for one more time and one of the most useful players for her team. She had 22 kills, 3 aces, 5 blocks and 9 digs in total.
Bradley volleyball (7-9 overall, 3-2 MVC) fell to Evensville (11-4 overall, 1-3 MVC) in 3 sets (25-17, 25-15, 25-17) Friday night at Meeks Fieldhouse. Sophomore Doga Topcicek recorded 4 kills and 5 digs. Two days later, they picked up a 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25) victory over Sycamores at ISU Arena. Sophomore Doga Topcicek helped the team with 5 kills, 3 aces, 1 assist, and 6 digs.
The UTEP Volleyball team swept its first match of the season and picked their first and second second straight sweep against Louisiana Tech (25-13, 25-15, 25-22) (25-22, 25-16, 25-17) at Memorial Gym on the 8th and 10th of October. Sophomore setter Hande Yetis recorded 14 assists, 2 aces, 3 digs and 1 kill in the first match and 19 assists, 1 ace, and 3 digs in the second.
An undefeated weekend for FAMU and Irem Ucar! The Florida A&M volleyball team notched a second straight sweep against Bethune-Cookman, 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-17). FAMU’s assist machine Irem Ucar recorded a game-high 40 assists, 1 kill, 2 aces, and 5 digs. The Florida A&M volleyball team swept Prairie View, 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-17) and picked up their third straight sweep on Sunday afternoon. Irem Ucar recorded 4 kills, 26 assists, 3 aces, and 10 digs. In the second game of the day, FAMU volleyball faced Alcorn State University and picked their 4th straight sweep, with set scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-11. Irem Ucar had 6 kills with an amazing 0.667% percentage, 1 ace, 1 block, and game-high 13 digs.