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Yardimci: she may be a freshman but she plays like a senior! Beste & Ilieva: the double-trouble brings UMBC to the top of AEC! Beste: Turkish Golden Retriever… with golden blocking hands, 4th in NCAA D1!


Freshman outside/opposite hitter Peyman Yardimci recorded another double-double last week with 19 kills and 14 digs! Beste Ayhan and Mila Ilieva’s UMBC currently stands at the top of the America East Conference with a conference overall record of 9-0! Also, Beste is the player with the most blocks in AEC and 4th in the entire nation (112 in total)!

Peyman Yardimci

With a conference overall of 8-2, University of Miami heads into the second half of the season. This is the second best record of the ACC, and their two last wins this week showed that they are one of the top teams in this conference. The Miami Hurricanes played against Wake Forest on Friday, October 22nd and even though they were down 2-0, they managed to bounce back and won the match in 5 (17-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21, 15-9). Freshman Peyman Yardimci had a double-double with 19 kills and 14 digs, along with 3 blocks. Two days later, they faced Virginia Tech and gained an easy win in 3 (25-17, 25-15, 25-18). Peyman was once again extremely useful for her team with 4 kills, 3 digs, 4 blocks and 1 ace. 


Next obligations:

29/10 vs Syracuse

31/10 vs Boston College


Beste Ayhan & Mila Ilieva

Last week, the girls added 2 more wins to their 2021 fall season. First they played their rivals at UAlbany on Friday, October 22nd, and then they faced Binghamton on Sunday, October 24th. Both matches ended in 4 sets [(25-27, 23-25, 29-27, 20-25) and (14-25, 15-25, 25-21, 17-25) respectively]. Beste Ayhan had 9 kills, 3 aces, 1 assist, 9 blocks (1solo) and 6 digs in total. Meanwhile, Mila Ilieva contributed with 8 kills, 5 blocks and 1 dig. Also, Beste Ayhan owns the second highest hitting % of the America East conference, 0.336!


Next obligations:

29/10 vs Hartford


Elif Yasar & Isil Yilmaz

With the 2021 regular season winding down, the Wranglers had their last home match of the season last week. Odessa College (13-5 overall, 6-4 conference) went into its match against Frank Phillips College taking control of the match from the start and eventually getting the win in 3 sets. Elif Yasar came back stronger than ever after her back injury and recorded 3 kills, 36 assists and 8 digs. Isil Yilmaz was able to help her team defensively, recording 6 digs. 


Next obligations:

27/10 vs Clarendon College

30/10 vs Midland College 


Didar Ozcan

Didar Ozcan’s College of Southern Idaho(14-9,4-3) started last week with a great win. On the 19th, the Eagles visited Western Wyoming College in their home gym and turned out to be really bad visitors since they defeated them in 4. Didar Ozcan recorded 4 kills,  2 assists and 2 blocks. On the 21st and the 23rd they had two home games against Colorado Northwestern CC and Utah State University Eastern. In the 3-0 sweep against CNCC, Ozcan had 2 kills, 1 block , 2 digs while in the 3-0 loss against USUE the Turkish middle blocker did not participate. 


Next obligations:

28/10 vs College of Southern Nevada

30/10 vs Snow College


Sevgi Koyuncu 

Koyuncu’s Lincoln Memorial University participated in the SAC/Peach Belt conference challenge last week. After adding two wins and two losses in that tournament, the Lady Railsplitters now have a 7-14 overall record and a 3-8 conference one. On the 22nd, in the loss against USC Aiken, Koyuncu had 3 assists and 14 digs, while in the 5-set win against Lander, Sevgi had 5 assists, 2 aces and 31 digs. The next day, in the 3-2 tough loss against Augusta, the senior libero had 4 assists and 25 digs. The tournament ended with LMU sweeping Georgia College and Sevgi continuing to be dominant defensively as she recorded 29 digs accompanied by 4 assists and 2 aces.


Next obligations:

26/10 vs Lenoir-Rhyne

29/10 vs Anderson

30/10 vs Newberry


Berra Tugce Tok

Tok’s  Minot State University(1-18,1-12) needed only three sets to beat the Minnesota - Crookston Golden Eagles last Friday at home. With this win the Beavers recorded their first win of the season! Berra Tok participated in the whole match and had 5 kills, 4 assists, 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist and 2 digs. The next day, they welcomed Bemidji State University at home at MSU Dome. Sadly, MSU could not out-play an opposing Beavers offense and lost in 3. The young Turkish player had 2 kills, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 1 dig.


Next obligations:

28/10 vs University of Mary 

30/10 vs RV Northern State University


Karya Suvarioglu

Suvarioglu’s NMMI does not want to lose their 12 winning streak! Two more wins were added to their current amazing 25-4 record and 9-1 conference record last week. On the 20th, they had the first win of the week against Clarendon College. Suvarioglu did not participate and took that time off to rest for the next match. The second win of the week came against Western Texas College on the 23rd. The young setter recorded 15 assists, 1 dig, 2 solo blocks and 2 block assists. 


Next obligations:

27/10 vs Midland College

30/10 vs Frank Phillips College


Asli Erdi

What a great home weekend for Asli Erdi’s Eastern Wyoming College! The Lancers recorded their 3rd and 4th home win of the season last week against Casper College (3-0) and Western Wyoming CC (3-0). Asli Erdi participated only in the match against Casper and had 5 kills, 1 ace and 3 digs. Including these two dubs, EWC has an overall record of 10-12 and a 5-6 conference record. 


Next obligations:

29/10 vs Laramie County CC


Duru Ozkan 

#5 Iowa Western added 4 wins and only 1 loss to their record last week making it 27-3 overall and remaining undefeated in conference (3-0). The Reivers played against Indian Hills CC on the 20th, against Missouri State University and Jefferson College on the 22nd and against Illinois Central College and Seward County CC on the 23rd. They only lost in 4 on the 22nd against MSU and won in the remaining ones. More specifically, the starting libero Ozkan had:

-2 assist, 16 digs and 1 ace vs IHCC

-3 assist, 14 digs vs MSU

-3 assists and 28 digs vs JC

-1 ace and 17 digs vs ICC

-2 assists, 1 ace and 23 digs vs SCCC


Next obligations:

27/10 vs Marshalltown CC


Alexandra Koleva

Koleva’s Tyler College concluded the 3rd week of October with one win and one loss. The Apaches currently have 19 wins and 10 losses overall, with a 7-6 conference record. On the 22nd, they welcomed Lee College in their home gym and after a match that lasted more than 2 hours they lost in 5. Despite the result, Koleva had another great performance recording 1 kill, 1 ace, 44 assists, 1 dig and 3 blocks, making it the 7th match this season that she has more than 40 assists. The next day, Tyler picked up their 5th home win against Coastal Bend. Koleva had 3 kills, 20 assists and 3 aces. 


Next obligations:

26/10 vs Wharton County

28/10 vs Victoria College 


Elif Su Yavuz

Auburn University volleyball faced Georgia twice this past week. The Tigers managed to win on Thursday, October 21st, in 3 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20), but they lost in 3 the next day (14-25, 18-25, 23-25). With these two matches, Auburn is in the 8th place of SEC conference with an overall 4-6. Senior Elif Su Yavuz did well in both matches, and had 1 kill, 8 blocks, 1 dig, and 3 aces. 


Next obligations:

29/10 vs LSU


Ezgi Dokuzlar

What a great week for Chicago State volleyball! The Cougars added 2 more wins in their WAC standings, and now they have a conference overall record of 5-3. First, they faced Lamar University, and they won in 3 (25-15, 25-16, 25-15) on Friday, October 22nd. The next day, the girls managed to win over UTRGV in 4 (25-16, 22-25, 23-25, 21-25). Ezgi Dokuzlar’s role was really useful while she helped her team with 8 kills,  6 digs, 3 blocks, and 1 assist. 


Next obligations:

28/10 vs Dixie State University 

30/10 vs UTAH Valley University


Sabire Karacaova

UC San Diego volleyball had two losses last week. Including the last results, the girls own the 7th place of the Big West conference with a conference overall of 4-6. Last week, they played against Cal Poly and lost in 5 on Friday, October 22nd (15-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 12-15). The next day, they faced CSU Bakersfield but unfortunately, the Tritons were defeated in 3 (19-25, 19-25, 21-25). Besides her limited play time, Sabire Karacaova, managed to contribute to her team with 6 kills, 3 digs and 1 ace in total, returning to live action after clearing concussion protocol.

Next obligations:

29/10 vs CSUN

30/10 vs Santa Barbara


Irem Ucar 

FAMU Rattlers took their 11th sweep of the season by sweeping Alabama A&M in 3 sets, (25-21, 25-9, 25-15). FAMU’S setter Irem Ucar tallied 38 assists, scored 1 kill, 2 aces, 1 block and 2 digs. FAMU Volleyball (15-6, 7-2) needed only 3 sets to take down Mississippi Valley State at home at Al Lawson Center. FAMU also improved their 5-1 home record inside the Al Lawson Center this season. Setter Irem Ucar had 3 kills, 2 aces, 33 assists and recorded 4 digs. 


Next obligations:

25/10 vs Jackson State 

30/10 vs Grambling State 

30/10 vs Texas Southern 

31/10 vs University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff 


Doga Topcicek 

The Bradley University (10-11 overall, 6-4 MVC) volleyball team took care of business in three sets (25-20, 25-15, 25-22) to defeat Drake University on Friday at Renaissance Coliseum. Sophomore Doga Topcicek helped to get this big victory over Drake with 4 digs and 1 assist. The Bradley University volleyball team defeated UNI in 5 sets (25-18, 25-16, 9-25, 19-25, 15-13), in the last match of the week, last Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum. Sophomore Doga Topcicek had a solid performance with 9 kills, 2 assists, 2 aces, and 12 digs. 


Next obligations:

29/10 vs Missouri State 

30/10 vs Southern Illinois


Hande Yetis 

The UTEP volleyball team (15-5, 4-3 Conference USA) saw its Friday afternoon comeback at their home fall just short after forcing a deciding fifth set, but eventually falling to UAB, 3-2 (25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 24-26, 15-11).  With this loss the Blazers ended UTEP's 4-0 home streak in five sets played. Sophomore setter Hande Yetis finished the game with 23 assists, 2 aces, and 11 digs. Then, on Saturday UTEP swept UAB (25-18, 27-25, 25-23) at Memorial Gym. Sophomore setter Hande Yetis helped her team with 21 great assists. She also had 1 kill, 1 ace and 9 digs. 


Next obligations:

29/10 vs UTSA 

30/10 vs UTSA 


Cagla Bengi & Tsvetelina Ilieva 

Seton Hall gutted out a sweep over Xavier on Friday night (25-21, 25-11, 25-13). The Pirates as a whole only committed six attack errors for the match, a season-low, and had a season-best in BIG EAST play .404 attack percentage. Setter Cagla Bengi played a big role for attack percentage with 14 assists and she also added 2 aces and 5 digs while Tsvetelina Ilieva had 7 kills, 1 block and 1 dig. The following evening, sophomore Tsevetelina Ilieva had a team-high 10 kills, but that wasn’t enough to beat Butler, 3-0 (23-25, 20-25, 23-25), in Walsh Gymnasium on Saturday. Ilieva was good and efficient, recording 10 kills with only two hitting errors.  She also had 2 digs and 2 blocks while setter Cagla Bengi had 1 kill, 13 assists, 2 aces and 7 digs. With this loss Seton Hall drops to 11-13 overall on the season and 3-7 in the BIG EAST. 


Next Obligations:

29/10 vs Villanova 

30/10 vs Georgetown 


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