Bobcats Volleyball improves to 11-7

The Bryant & Stratton volleyball team has played five matches since Friday winning four of them to improve to 11-7.

The run began at a tournament in Rockford, IL where the Bobcats picked up wins against Elgin Community College, Harper College and a St. Ambrose split-squad with the only setback being to another St. Ambrose split-squad. Their single loss came in the first match they played before they finished the event winning their final 3 matches.

After the slow start to the tournament, Bobcats head coach Heather Curley began to tinker with the lineup most notably returning Gabriela Lopez to Outside Hitter, where she played last year. She provided the team with consistent serve receive while providing reliable attacks. She finished the tournament with 57 digs, seven aces and 29 kills.

Angelie Rivera was a spark for the team on the right side providing a lot of offense in a position that has not created a lot of points this season as she finished with 40 kills.

"This weekend's tournament started out pretty rough for our team but as the weekend went on and the more games we played, the more our team started to play like a single unit," Curley said. "Everyone was contributing, the girls cheered each other on and always maintained a positive attitude and I believe that's what led us to wins."

Evelis Vicently had a big weekend leading the team in assists with 88 while collecting the 2nd most amount of digs with 48 and also added six aces.

Zoey Mohring had 47 digs and four aces. Mackenzie Mainka recorded 42 kills.

The team took the momentum of the weekend into their match at Prairie State Monday night breezing to a 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-10) victory.

Production was spread across the entire team. Rivera led the team with 12 kills. Lopez led the team with 14 digs while Mohring added 13. Vicently had 22 assists while Amanda Vega had 15. Ashley Weimann produced four solo blocks.

"Everyone saw the floor and contributed," Curley said.

The Bobcats return to action Wednesday night when they go on the road to Triton College.