- Inside Athletics
|Final - Women's Volleyball||1||2||3||4||F|
|Concordia-Ann Arbor (9-13, 0-4 WHAC)||25||23||19||21||1|
|Marygrove (13-8, 0-4 WHAC)||14||25||25||25||3|
|Concordia-Ann Arbor||Indv. Leaders||Marygrove|
|#9 Jalissa Favors - 12||Kills||2 Players (#8,#12) - 9|
|#15 Brittany Schmalzel - 6||Blocks||#17 Kiara Cobbs - 3|
|#13 Julia Szuba - 17||Digs||#2 Kara Kempinski - 22|
|3 Players - 1||Aces||None|
|Concordia-Ann Arbor||Team Statistics||Marygrove|
|Final - Women's Volleyball||1||2||3||4||5||F|
|Marygrove (12-8, 0-4 WHAC)||25||15||25||19||15||3|
|2 Players (#8,#12) - 13||Kills||None|
|#17 Kiara Cobbs - 3||Blocks||None|
|#2 Kara Kempinski - 19||Digs||None|
|#13 Amelia Velez - 4||Aces||None|
Full box scores/stats pending
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- The women's volleyball team (13-8, 0-4 WHAC) bounced back with authority Saturday (Sept. 28) at the Rochester College CRAM Quad. A day after getting toppled by Siena Heights, the Mustangs regained control by winning two-of-three Saturday with their victories coming against Rochester College and Concordia University-Ann Arbor.
The win over Rochester was the team's second in as many tries, while the non-conference victory over Concordia was the first in program history. The Mustangs lost the opener of the quad to NCAA Division II Ursuline College in five sets.
Ursuline College def. Marygrove (25-14, 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 7-15)
The Mustangs had less than 10 hours to prepare for their match with the Arrows of Ursuline College after returning home late Friday (Sept. 27) from Siena Heights. Despite the short turnaround, the Mustangs shot out in front to win the first set, 25-14. Ursuline took the next two sets to go up 2-1 before the Mustangs took care of the fourth, 25-22. In the fifth set, Ursuline snuck past the Mustangs, 15-7, to win the first match at the CRAM quad.
Kiara Cobbs (Detroit, Mich./King) played solid for the Mustangs in the five-set setback with 14 kills. Amelia Velez (Imlay City, Mich./Prairie View A&M) and Sarah Suppelsa (Livonia, Mich./Concordia-Ann Arbor) notched 12 kills each, while Katharina Hall (Livonia, Mich./Henry Ford CC) slammed down eight kills and had 15 digs.
Kara Kempinski and sister Nicole Kempinski (Livonia, Mich./Schoolcraft) recorded 28 and 22 digs respectively. Nicole added 34 assists. Hayley Jury (Plymouth, Mich./Livonia Ladywood) came in for 10 digs and fellow freshman Ashley Murphy (Southfield, Mich./Livonia Clarenceville) chipped in with three kills.
Marygrove def. Rochester (25-21, 15-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-11)
The middle match of the day was a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) showdown as the Mustangs squared off against the host Warriors of Rochester College. Heading into the match, Marygrove was ranked as the USCAA's No. 1 team. Rochester came in at number five.
After splitting the first four sets 2-2, the Mustangs were able to dash past the Warriors by a 15-11 final in the fifth set to win the marathon match. The win over Rochester was the second in program history and the second in as many attempts for head coach Jamie Baker and the Mustangs.
Katharina Hall and Sarah Suppelsa were at it again with 13 kills each. Hall added another 15 digs, while Kiara Cobbs returned two Rochester attacks for blocks. Kara Kempinski had a team-high 19 digs in the win. Alixandria Pappas had four kills and was in on two blocks.
Marygrove def. Concordia-Ann Arbor (14-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21)
History was made in the quad's final match for Marygrove as the team recorded their first win ever over Concordia-Ann Arbor. The Mustangs bested Concordia in four sets (14-25, 25-23, 25-19, and 25-21) by taking the final three after a slow start hindered the team's effort in the first set. Credit goes to the Mustangs for battling back to notch the victory over the Cardinals after playing four matches within a span of 16 hours.
The Concordia win came in a non-conference contest against the Mustangs' WHAC counterpart. The two teams will meet again for a WHAC match when Marygrove hosts Concordia Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Playing against her former team, senior transfer Sarah Suppelsa worked her way to a team-high nine kills in the four-set win over CUAA. Katharina Hall and Amelia Velez followed closely behind with eight and seven kills respectively. Kara Kempinski and Hall were all over the floor as Kempinski had 30 digs and Hall had 14. Nicole Kempinski recorded 22 assists. Kiara Cobbs was on fire around the net getting in on five blocks.
"I was concerned after last night's loss because we were not playing up to our potential," remarked head coach Jamie Baker. "The team came out strong today and was able to get back into form by playing three good matches. Ursuline was fine team, but I feel we let one get away, and the wins over Concordia and Rochester were great for us. I believe the win over Concordia will be huge for us down the road as it shows our team we can beat WHAC competition. I am very, very proud of the girls for playing through injuries and illness today to help us get a couple wins."
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