Vikings Fall At No. 13 Utah In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

Vikings Fall At No. 13 Utah In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – After making their fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Cleveland State volleyball team came up short in a First Round contest at No. 13 Utah, falling 3-0 in the opening round. The Vikings finished the season with a 22-8 overall record.

Cleveland State vs. Utah Box Score

Match Stats
· Rachel Stover led the Viking offense with seven kills, while the trio of Alexis Middlebrooks, Gina Kilner and Trinniti Hall all added six kills.
· Emily DeGeorge posted five kills, while Sara Skeens added three and Katie Mihalik notched one.
· Gina Kilner recorded 25 assists on the match.
· Shannon Grega led the Viking defense with 10 digs, while Emily DeGeorge added seven and Gina Kilner posted five.
· Alexis Middlebrooks tallied two blocks on the match.

Match Notes
· The Vikings were making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Chuck Voss and third straight.
· This was the first matchup between Cleveland State and Utah in program history.
· Thursday's loss snapped a 12-match winstreak that the Vikings entered the NCAA Tournament with.
· The senior class of Alexis Middlebrooks, Shannon Grega, Gina Kilner, and Katie Mihalik finished their careers as the most decorated class in program history, with three Horizon League Regular Season & Tournament titles and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

CSU Career Record Book
· Gina Kilner finished her career ranked third with 4,461 assists.
· Shannon Grega finished her career ranked second with 1,487 digs.
· Alexis Middlebrooks finished her career ranked fourth with 458 total blocks and sixth with a .315 hitting percentage.

CSU Single-Season Record Book
· Gina Kilner's 1,262 assists on the season ranks eighth.
· Shannon Grega's 543 digs during the year ranks third – just the third 500+ dig performance in program history.
· Cleveland State's 1,630 total kills on the season ranks eighth.
· Cleveland State's .251 hitting percentage ranks second – just the third .250 clip or better in program history.
· Cleveland State's 1,853 digs ranks 10th.
· Cleveland State's 418 block assists ranks ninth.
· Emily DeGeorge's 325 digs set a freshman class record.