Usual suspects take care of business for volleyball

(Photo by Connor Ortman)
(Photo by Connor Ortman)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – On Saturday night at Occidental's Rush Gym, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's volleyball team won three sets in a row to beat the Tigers (25-19, 25-21, 25-11). The Athenas' defense held Occidental to a mere .058 hitting percentage on the night as the team combined for 12 block assists and 51 digs.

Leading the blocking efforts was sophomore Hannah Grobisen (CMC) who tallied four on the night. Grobisen is second on the team behind junior Mariah Rigg (CMC) who added two assisted blocks tonight. Senior Nicole Kerkhof (CMC) and junior Mikena Werner (SC) handled the majority of the digs in the match, both in double figures. Kerkhof also recorded 10 kills to make this her 11th match this season at double digit kills and digs.

While Kerkhof led the team in volume of kills, junior Margaux Arntson (CMC) put up a big percentage again at .312. Arntson leads the team and is third in the SCIAC for hitting percentage. She has hit an astounding .380 in conference play this season.

For Oxy, Claire Strohm led with eight kills in 28 attacks and Tiareh Cruz dished out all but three assists in the match at 18.

The Tigers put up more substantial points than the last time the teams met, pushing the second game out to 25-21. CMS maintained composure and was able to finish strong, closing out the third set with Oxy at just 11 points.

The Athenas (18-0, 10-0 SCIAC) next face La Verne (18-4, 9-2 SCIAC) on the evening of Oct. 18 in Roberts Pavilion. In the last matchup with the Leos, junior Shelbi Stein (CMC) put down 10 kills while Werner made 22 digs in just three sets.

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By Emily Nordhoff
Sports Information Director

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