- Inside Athletics
|Final - Women's Volleyball||1||2||3||4||F|
|Calmut-St. Joseph's (1-2)||19||25||23||15||1|
|West Palm Beach, Fla|
|Calmut-St. Joseph's||Indv. Leaders||Marygrove|
|#22 McFarlane, Kelsey - 15||Kills||#13 Amelia Velez - 14|
|3 Players - 2||Blocks||#17 Kiara Cobbs - 4|
|#4 Burge, Danielle - 23||Digs||#2 Kara Kempinski - 21|
|#10 Amendola, Kacey - 2||Aces||2 Players (#5,#12) - 1|
|Calmut-St. Joseph's||Team Statistics||Marygrove|
|Final - Women's Volleyball||1||2||3||F|
|Edward Waters (0-4)||2||9||17||0|
|West Palm Beach, Fla|
|Edward Waters||Indv. Leaders||Marygrove|
|#20 Jasmine Thomas - 3||Kills||#12 Sarah Suppelsa - 9|
|4 Players - 1||Blocks||3 Players - 1|
|#11 Brittney Neavins - 9||Digs||#2 Kara Kempinski - 14|
|#20 Jasmine Thomas - 3||Aces||#6 Nicole Kempinski - 9|
|Edward Waters||Team Statistics||Marygrove|
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The first trip to Florida for Marygrove Volleyball (5-3) was kind as the Mustangs ran the table en route to being crowned champions of the 2013 Labor Day Volleyfest hosted by Northwood University (Fla.). Second year head coach Jamie Baker and the Mustangs made history by winning their first NAIA-hosted invite/tournament in the 4+ years of the program.
On Friday, the Mustangs – led by a strong effort from seniors Katharina Hall (Livonia, Mich./Henry Ford CC), Sarah Suppelsa (Livonia, Mich./Concordia-Ann Arbor), and Amelia Velez (Imlay City, Mich./Prairie View A&M) – were able to sweep the competition with a pair of comeback efforts. The comeback victories came against USCAA powerhouse Florida College and host Florida Northwood.
Marygrove d. Calumet College of St. Joseph (25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 25-15)
The Mustangs got day two in West Palm Beach started in fine fashion as the team raced out to a 25-19 first set victory. The opposing Crimson Wave fought back to even the contest, 1-1, before the Mustangs came back in set three to take all momentum on their way to a four-set win. The 3-1 decision placed the Mustangs on top of the Labor Day Volleyfest standings heading into their final match against Edward Waters.
Marygrove d. Edward Waters (25-2, 25-9, 25-17)
In the volleyfest finale, the Mustangs made history by winning the first set by a 23-point margin. The large margin of victory ranks first in program history. With the first set rout, the Mustangs knew they were well on their way to the program's first invite championship – the team would later finish the job by taking the final two sets 25-9 and 25-17 respectively.
Junior transfer Kara Kempinski (Livonia, Mich./Schoolcraft College) was named Volleyfest MVP after helping fuel the history-making weekend. Senior captain Katharina Hall followed up Friday's dominant showing with a solid Saturday and was named to the Volleyfest All-Tournament Team for her effots.
A Look Ahead
The Mustangs will take Sunday off for a bit of fun in the sun before hitting the court one more time in Florida. On Labor Day (Sept. 2), Coach Baker and the Mustangs will face Talladega College (Ala.) at Florida Northwood in a neutral site matchup.