Colorado College volleyball has used their roster depth and versatility to achieve continued success and retain second place in the national rankings.
The Tigers beat George Fox University 3–0, Pacific University 3–1 and Covenant College 3–0 during the Sept. 14-15 Spike It Up Classic at Reid Arena. They travelled to Georgetown, Texas on Sept. 22–23 and defeated Austin College 3–0, University of Dallas 3–0, Centenary College 3–1 and Southwestern University 3–1. They are now 15–0 heading into a long stretch of away matches.
Defensive specialist Anna Gurolnick ’20 felt that winning against Southwestern University was the team’s best moment during the latest two tournaments. “They are always a huge conference rival, and we beat them both times we played them last year and it was a good way to start off conference play,” Gurolnick said.
In addition to once again beating a conference rival, the Tigers have been playing at a consistently high level, winning tournaments at home and on the road. This is especially impressive given the compact scheduling with which the team has to contend — the team has played fewer than four games in a weekend only once in the past month.
“The past two tournaments, our team was getting into the groove of things: implementing plays and skills we have been working on in practice, finding out what our weaknesses are so we can strengthen them,” middle hitter Marguerite Spaethling ’20 said. “We also wanted to come out of those tournaments with wins under our belt, which we were able to walk away with.”
The team has been working hard to find what works best for them and has been trying to maintain their winning ways from one tournament to the next. “Our goals were to stay consistent in our play with limiting our errors and not having super roller coaster games with lots of ups and downs,” Gurolnick said. “We wanted to win, but we wanted to win quickly and take care of business to make statements. I felt like we were successful in doing that by focusing on our game and not worrying about the opponent, and now we’re 15–0.”
Spaethling has received both offensive and defensive honors this season. After her 13 total blocks and 35 kills during the Colorado College Classic Aug. 31–Sept. 1, Spaethling was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Defensive Player of the Week. During the Spike It Up Classic, she was named SCAC Offensive Player of Week, achieving 44 kills and hitting 0.527.
According to CC Athletics, “For the second week in a row, the opposing coaches voted Spaethling the tournament MVP in addition to a spot on the all-tournament team.”
“Getting these honors mean a lot to me, but I wouldn’t be receiving them without the team’s incredible hard work,” Spaethling said. “The awards also reflect our teams powerful and consistent presence in the SCAC.”
Around the midpoint in the season, Spaething is looking forward to the national Championship and is ready to continue to help the Tigers win.
“We’re looking forward to playing Trinity University next weekend, who is probably our biggest conference rival and is also ranked No. 6 in the country compared to us ranked No. 2,” Gurolnick said. “We also travel to St. Louis in two weeks where we will also play another ranked team [No. 10 Washington University in St. Louis] and good competition outside of our conference.”
This weekend, the Tigers head to Irving, Texas and will play Trinity University, Schreiner University, and Texas Lutheran University. Their next home matches will be Oct. 12 and 13.