CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State volleyball team closed out its homestand with a victory Wednesday evening, picking up a 3-0 sweep of Green Bay. With the win, the Vikings extended their winstreak to six matches, and improved to 15-4 overall this season and 6-1 in Horizon League play.
· Grace Kauth led the Viking offense with 14 kills, while Alexis Middlebrooks added eight.
· Gina Kilner recorded 31 assists on the night and added six kills.
· Shannon Grega posted a team-best 18 digs against Green Bay, while Grace Kauth added 12.
· Alexis Middlebrooks notched seven blocks, with Gina Kilner recording five.
· As a team, the Vikings posted a .246 hitting percentage, and held Green Bay to a .119 clip.
· With her 31 assists, Gina Kilner eclipsed the 2,700-assist mark for her career, becoming the sixth Viking all-time to achieve the feat.
· Grace Kauth notched her 11th double-double of the season, and moved into eighth place in the CSU Career Record book finishing the match with 1,117 career digs.
· After recording seven block assists on the match, Alexis Middlebrooks eclipsed the 300-block mark for her career, ending the night with 302 total blocks.
· This marked the sixth 3-0 sweep for the Vikings this season, and the third in league play.
· The Vikings extended their winstreak to six straight matches with the win over the Phoenix.
· Cleveland State took over sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings, owning a 6-1 record.
Despite the quick turnaround from the matches this weekend, Cleveland State came out firing to open the match, controlling play throughout the majority of the contest to pick up the 3-0 sweep. During the first set, the Vikings were able to gain a quick 4-1 lead following an Alexis Middlebrooks kill, and went on to hold the advantage for the rest of the frame. Although Green Bay was able to stay within a few points throughout the set, Cleveland State was finally able to distance itself at the 23-19 mark with a Sydney Mast kill, and then went on to capture the 25-22 set victory with a Grace Kauth kill.
The second set was much of the same, as the Vikings were able to gain the early advantage and then held the lead for the entire frame. The Phoenix once again kept the set close until the 18-14 mark when Cleveland State distanced itself with another Kauth kill, and then held off a Green Bay run to close out the frame with a block from Middlebrooks and Kauth.
During the third and final set, the two teams traded points through the first few plays, until Cleveland State went on an 11-2 run to gain a 20-9 lead with a Gina Kilner kill. The Vikings then posted five of the final seven points to earn the three-set victory, closing out the frame on yet another Kauth kill.
· Cleveland State @ Wright State – Friday, October 14 – 7:00 p.m. – Fairborn, Ohio