CEU starts season strong
CEU volleyball season is well under way. The team has played strong, but not walked away with a lot of wins to show for it yet.
On Thursday, Sept. 18th at Orange Coast College (California State Champs 2007) CEU lost 25-19, 20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 9-15. CEU played the state champs well, but lost in the 5th and deciding game. Alexis Adams led CEU offensively with 12 kills and five service aces. Karissa Law had nine kills, Marissa Crookston had eight kills and 8 blocks. Megan Garvin had 8 kills and three blocks.
The team arrived in Southern California two hours prior to their match. "I thought we played well for the girls not getting much sleep. They showed a lot of poise. Our freshmen are really coming through for us after our injuries." commented Coach Brent Martindale, "Adams is really showing some great ability at the outside hitter spot. She just seems to find a way to get the kill and the tough serve when we need it. Kristy had a lot of great digs. She is leading the team defensively right now."
On Saturday, Sept. 20th they played in the Santa Ana Invitational. CEU defeated Chaffey College 25-14, 25-13.
Megan Garvin had eight kills, two blocks and an ace. Adams had five kills, four aces and a block. Crookston had five kills and three blocks. They defeated Mt. San Jacinto 25-11, 25-21. Crookston had five kills and two blocks. Adams had five kills.
CEU beat Santa Ana, 25-13, 25-12. Crookston had six kills. and Megan Garvin added five kills, and a pair of blocks. Law finished with four kills and Adams added three kills, six aces and two blocks
In the quarterfinals, CEU beat Santa Monica College 25-22. Megan Garvin led with five kills. In the semi finals, Cypress College defeated CEU 25-22. Adams led with four kills, two aces and eight digs.
Coach Martindale summed up the tournament "Overall the tournament went well for us. Our pool was unusually easy for a change, but we really played well and hammered the teams!" he added, "The Santa Monica match was fun. They are traditionally a very good team and we had to really play well to win. It was a good all around game for us. Losing to Cypress was very difficult. We were completely dominating them. We were up by seven points. They made their way back, but we were still up 20-17. We gave them way too many free ones with hitting errors and missed serves. Our setters Tauna Garvin and Alexandra Schuda played a great tournament. They distributed the ball well."
Thursday, Sept 25 CEU played their first region match at #14 ranked North Idaho College. NIC defeated CEU in 4 games 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22. Megan Garvin led all hitters with 13 kills. She also had three aces and two blocks.
"We had our chances to actually win this match. We lost a lead in game two, won game three and lost a four point lead in game four. We could have easily been up two games to one if a few things had bounced our way," stated Martindale. "We have to learn to finish a game when we have momentum. We obviously are doing some things right to get leads in the first half of games. Megan Garvin can be a very dangerous hitter. She has the tools to be very good. Our other middle, Marissa Crookston has been blocking very well and has raised her hitting game."
On Saturday, Sept. 27 CEU played #2 ranked College of Southern Idaho and lost 25-13, 25-20, 25-21. "A very strong CSI team handed it to us, although we played well enough to be close in the last third of games 2 and 3. We just could not stop the bleeding from their big block. This was the first time all season we looked a little frightened against a team. CSI can be very intimidating, but I know we have more in us. We'll be ready for them at home," remarked Martindale, "Adams hit well against the big block. Megan Garvin hit well, too, but we just didn't get the ball to her enough. We started out in game one actually out blocking them, we just could not sustain the momentum."
Adams had 11 kills and Kristy Rindlisbacher had 10 digs in the loss.
CEU had their first home match in region play on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the BDAC. CNCC came to town and the Eagles made short work of them. They swept in three; 25-16, 25-14 and 25-17.
They were led offensively by Adams with eight kills and four aces.
Law had seven kills and Megan Garvin had six kills, four aces and two blocks. Crookston and Nicole Graham also had five kills for CEU.
"I was happy with our offense. To have five players with five or more kills means we are spreading out the swings very well. That credits our setters," remarked Martindale.
"We have been working hard at our offense, and it seems to be paying off. We have a few things still to work on, and that will be important for our next matches."
The win puts the Eagles in third place in the SWAC.
They are one win ahead of Snow and CNCC. CEU will get to enjoy home court this weekend again as they take on SLCC on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Snow on Saturday at 7 p.m.