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The NJCAA D1 Volleyball Tournament is on its way! Koleva keeps breaking records! Double-doubles for Bengi and Elmas!

Koleva article

With the regular season wrapping up in October, and just concluding with their Regional tournaments, the NJCAA girls are now preparing for the big NJCAA D1 Volleyball Tournament! Alexandra Koleva broke her personal record of 51 assists with 53 in the match against Blinn and then two days later she broke it again with 56! Cagla Bengi notched her first career double-double against Marquette with 12 assists and 11 digs while Irem Elmas added another one in her bio with 10 kills and 12 digs! 

Alexandra Koleva
What a busy yet successful week for #17 Tyler Junior College and Alexandra Koleva. After playing 5 matches in 3 days and winning 4 of them, the Apaches advanced to NJCAA D1 Volleyball Tournament! Alexandra Koleva probably had the week of her life as she broke her personal record not once... but twice! She currently stands in the 4th spot of NJCAA for total assists and assists per set only 22 away from the 2nd. More specifically:
- In the 3-0 win vs Trinity Valley she had 42 assists, 1 ace and 7 digs
- In the 3-2 loss vs Blinn she had 3 kills, 53 assists, 11 digs and 1 block
- In the 3-0 win vs Wharton County she had 3 kills, 37 assists, 2 aces, 5 digs and 1 block
- In the 3-1 win vs Trinity Valley she had 40 assists, 1 ace, 4 digs and 2 blocks
- In the 3-1 win vs Panola she had 1 kill, 56 assists (career-high), 6 digs and 3 blocks

Next obligations:

18-20/11 TBA

Cagla Bengi & Tsveti Ilieva 

Sophomore Tsveti Ilieva had a team-high 11 kills and Cagla Bengi notched her first career double-double, but the Seton Hall volleyball team lost last Friday as the Marquette Golden Eagles posted a four set (21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 22-25) win at home at the Walsh Gymnasium. Ilieva had 11 kills, with only 3 hitting errors, a .348 attack percentage, 5 digs and 2 blocks in a strong all-around match.  Bengi collected her first double-double with 12 assists and 11 digs. In the second match of the week, the Seton Hall volleyball team took DePaul to five sets on Saturday before falling to the Blue Demons, 2-3 (25-16, 20-25, 25-17, 20-25, 7-15), at Walsch Gynesium. Cagla Bengi had 28 assists, 1 ace and 4 digs while Tsveti Ilieva had 8 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, and 8 digs. 

Next Obligations:

13/11 vs Connecticut 

14/11 vs St Johns 

Irem Elmas

With the addition of 2 wins, St. Francis Brooklyn volleyball ended the past week. Having an overall of 4-7, the girls are ready to compete this last week of regular season and then fight in the play-offs of the NEC conference. The Terriers played with NJIT and won in 4 (15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 26-24) on Wednesday, November 3rd. Then, they faced Bryant on Friday, but lost battling in 5 (25-19, 25-19, 17-25, 29-31, 12-15) and the next day they bounced back and won over Merrimack in 3 (25-19, 25-19, 25-21). Irem Elmas had a dominant role in all three matches . On Wednesday, the Turkish outside had 10 kills, 9 digs, 1 ace and 1 block. In the second match she had 9 kills, 9 digs, and 2 blocks, while for the last match she had a double-double with 10 kills, 12 digs, 2 aces, 1 assist, and 1 block solo. 

Next obligations:

12/11 vs Fairleigh Dickinson

13/11 vs Saint Francis (PA)

Melisa Nur Temiz & Melisa Tore 
The MTSU volleyball team dropped their last two matches of the season, a four-set battle (26-24, 23-25, 16-25, 27-29) and (13-25, 25-21, 17-25, 23-25) to Old Dominion. The first day, Melisa Nur Temiz had 7 kills, 2 aces, 1 block and 5 digs and Melisa Tore had 1 ace, while in the second match Melisa Tore had 3 aces and Melisa Nur Temiz had 3 digs. Middle Tennessee moves to 6-6 in conference play and 8-10 overall on the season. The Blue Raiders will stay as the second seed for the conference tournament and will take on the third seed from the Western Division in Conference USA.

Next Obligations:

19/11- 21/11 C-USA Championship

Cansu Gunaydin

The Rutgers University volleyball team fell in four sets at Michigan State last Friday 1-3 (25-22, 21-25, 25-10, 25-23). Sophomore outside hitter Cansu Gunaydin scored 4 kills. Facing Purdue last Sunday, Rutgers lost 3-0 to Purdue Boilermakers . Cansu Günaydın did not play in this match.

Next Obligations:

12/11 vs Michigan State 
13/11 vs Michigan 

Hande Yetis

In a 2-series match, UTEP Volleyball (18-6, 7-4 Conference USA) swept North Texas in both matches last weekend at Memorial Gym. Setter Hande Yetis had 21 assists and 2 digs in the first match and 16 assists, 3 aces, 5 digs in the second.

Next Obligations:

10/11 New Mexico State 

Irem Ucar 

FAMU volleyball ended their senior night with a win, defeating Bethune-Cookman University 3-0 on Friday, November 5th in Al Lawson Center. FAMU took the first one with 25-4 dub, and the score marked a season's best for the fewest points in a single set this year. The ensuing frames went down 25-14 and 25-21, respectively. Irem Ucar recorded 1 kill, 37 assists, 4 aces, and 4 digs. 

Next Obligations:

12/11 vs Alabama A&M 
14/11 vs Alabama State 

Yagmur Cinel & Damla Tokman 

The Hofstra volleyball team (13-12, 7-7) lost both matches, in the 2-match series, to Elon in straight sets 0-3 last Friday and Saturday on the road at Schar Center. Two Turkish young players, who could not find a chance in the first match, in the second match had a chance to play. Damla Tokman scored 3 kills and had 1 dig while Yagmur Cinel scored 2 kills in 2 attempts. 

Next Obligations:

13/11 vs JMU 
14/11 vs JMU

Beste Ayhan & Mila Ilieva

Only one match away from the end of the regular season, and UMBC volleyball still owns the first place, and is undefeated in the AE conference (11-0). For the first week of November, Trievers played two matches, from which one wasn’t in conference. First they played Delaware (exhibition), but unfortunately lost in 3 (19-25, 25-27, 20-25) on Thursday, November 4th, and then played UAlbany on Sunday where they won in 4 (19-25, 17-25, 25-23, 22-25). Mila Ilieva had 11 kills and 6 blocks in total. Meanwhile, Beste Ayhan had 8 kills, 7 blocks, and 6 digs. 

Next obligations:

12/11 vs Stony Brook

Elif Su Yavuz

One win and one loss for Auburn volleyball this past week. The Tigers played Texas A&M on both Thursday, November 4th, and Friday November 5th. The girls fought in both matches, and despite the fact that they lost on Thursday in 5 (29-27, 17-25, 25-20, 14-25, 12-15), they managed to win the next day in 5 (25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 15-12). Elif Yavuz had a  great performance with a dominant offensive role. For both matches she scored 22.5 points (16 kills, 3 aces, 7 blocks) along with 11 digs.  

Next obligations:

17/11 vs South Carolina 

Ada Bulgur

UTRGV volleyball won its conference match this past week. The girls faced Lamar on Saturday, November 6th and won in 3 (20-25, 16-25, 9-25). Including this win, UTRGV is heading into the last week of WAC conference with an overall of 6-4. Ada Bulgur contributed in that win by taking advantage of her play time and scoring 4.5 points, (4 kills, 1 blocks) along with 3 digs. 

Next obligations:

11/11 vs Tarleton
13/11 vs Abilene Christian

Ezgi Dokuzlar, Ece Oztuna & Ece Erol

With a winning streak of 2 and high confidence, Chicago State University is heading for the last 2 matches of the regular season. The Cougars have a conference record of 8-4,  and they have already gained a place in the WAC play-offs. For this past week, the girls played against California Baptist University and managed to win in 5 (25-22, 27-29, 17-25, 25-22, 13-15) on Thursday, November 4th. Two days later, on Saturday, they won over Seattle University in 3 (15-25, 28-30, 25-27). Ece Erol and Ezgi Dokuzlar helped their team by perfectly executing their roles in both games. Erol had 2 kills, 3 aces, and 19 digs in total, while Dokuzlar had 11 kills, 5 blocks, and 9 digs in total.

Next obligations:

11/11 vs Grand Canyon University
13/11 vs New Mexico State University

Sabire Karacaova

November’s matches started with 1 win and 1 loss for UC San Diego volleyball, with their conference record being 6-8. The Tritons played against UC Davis on Thursday, November 4th, and lost in 4 (20-25, 18-25, 25-18, 18-25). Then the Tritons won over UC Riverside in 3 (25-16, 25-23, 25-14) on Saturday, November, 6th. Sabire Karacaova was the offensive leader for her team in both matches, with 15 kills against UC Davis and 13 against UC Riverside. Besides that, she contributed with 2 aces, 1 block solo and 1 block assist and 15 digs in total. 

Next obligations:

9/11 vs UC Irvine
13/11 vs Hawaii 

Peyman Yardimci

University of Miami added one win and one loss to its overall this week, and now it has an 11-3 ACC record. The Miami Hurricanes played first against Georgia Tech, but lost in 4 (18-25, 22-25, 32-30, 19-25) on Friday, November 5th. Two days later, the girls came back stronger and won over Clemson in 3 (25-20, 25-14, 25-15). Freshman Peyman Yardimci for one more time found the way to score many points for her team. For both matches, she had 20 kills, 1 ace, and 8 blocks, along with 4 digs. 

Next obligations:

13/11 vs Clemson

Elif Yasar & Isil Yilmaz

The Odessa Wranglers are competing in the NJCAA Region V West Tournament which took place in their home gym in Texas. The Wranglers had one win against Western Texas College and one loss against New Mexico Military Institute. The Turkish duo were once again consistent, recording 32 assists, 2 aces, 3 digs and 1 block (Yasar) and 1 assist and 11 digs (Yilmaz) against WTC. Against NMMI, Yasar had 22 assists and 7 digs and Yilmaz had 2 assists and 14 digs. With their overall record being 15-7 (7-5 conference), the Wranglers wrapped up another successful season in arguably the most competitive conference in NJCAA D1 volleyball. 

Karya Suvarioglu

The NJCAA Tournaments also started for New Mexico Military Institute and Karya Suvarioglu. NMMI competed in the Region V West and started really strong after sweeping Odessa College and New Mexico Junior College. Karya Suvarioglu had two more solid performances recording 2 kills, 14 assists, 3 digs and 4 blocks in the first match and 11 assists and 2 digs in the second. After these two big ‘dubs’, the Broncos have an overall record 29-4 and a 11-1 conference record keeping their winning streak (16!).

Next obligations:

9/11 vs Arizona Western College 

Rana Kamis & Duru Ozkan 

With one win and one loss  in the Midwest A District Tournament, the Iowa Western Reivers continue their post season schedule. On the 6th, they had a double gameday against Lake Land College and Jefferson College. In the 3-0 win against LLC, Ozkan recorded 4 assists, 2 aces and 18 digs while Kamis had 2 digs in her short playing time. A few hours later in the long battle against JC the Reivers fell to the Vikings in 5. Ozkan had another amazing performance with 29 digs, 1 assists and 2 aces, making it her 10th performance this season where she records more than 20 digs. 

Next obligations:


Sevgi Koyuncu 

With two more matches left before the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Koyuncu’s Lincoln Memorial University added two more losses to their record making it 8-18 overall. On the 2nd, they lost from Carson Newman and the senior libero recorded 2 assists and 19 digs. On the 6th, they really battled but fell to Limestone in 5. Sevgi had 1 kill, 3 assists and 16 digs. 

Next obligations:

12/11 vs UVA Wise
13/11 vs Tusculum

Asli Erdi
The first week of November was super busy for Eastern Wyoming College and Asli Erdi. The Lancers started competing for the NJCAA Region IX Tournament playing 6 matches starting from the 3rd till the 6th. Asli Erdi had some great performances last week and enriched her individual stats:
- In the 3-0 win vs Lamar Community College she had 1 kill and 1 block
- In the 3-0 loss vs Western Nebraska Community College she had 2 kills, 2 digs and 3 blocks
- In the 3-0 win vs McCook Community College she had 3 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs and 2 blocks
- In the 3-1 win vs Northwest College she had 2 kills,2 aces, 7 digs and 5 blocks
- In the 3-1 win vs Western Nebraska Community College she had 6 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs and 5 blocks


Even though they had 4 wins in the first 5 matches, they lost the last one and were not able to qualify for the NJCAA D1 tournament. The Lancers ended their season with a 15-14 overall record and a 6-6 conference one.


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