Nationally ranked Columbus State volleyball team achieves first victories of the season at the Oakland Invitational

Nationally ranked Columbus State volleyball team achieves first victories of the season at the Oakland Invitational

HIGHLAND, Mich. - The 10th ranked Cougar women's volleyball team secured four victories over the weekend, defeating Lake Michigan College and Lansing Community College on Friday. On Saturday, they nabbed two additional victories from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Ancilla College.

Columbus State defeated Lake Michigan early by scores of 25-9, 25-11, and 25-16. The Cougars pulled through the three sets with the help of Hannah Wallace's nine blocks and three kills and Kelsey Rammel's 19 digs and three kills. Kelli Vorst chipped in with 15 digs while Julia Wynn tallied five kills and two blocks.

Later, Columbus State topped Lansing 25-16, 25-14, and 25-16. Hannah Wallace was consistent with nine blocks and four kills while Kelsey Rammel scooped up 15 digs and recorded eight kills. Other heavy contributors were Julia Wynn with nine kills and five blocks, and Madeline Platfoot with 12 digs.

The next day, the Cougars faced two five set battles, first with Kalamazoo Valley. They came back after a two set loss to defeat KVCC with scores of 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-9. Brett Bey (pictured right) had a stellar performance with 43 assists, 12 digs, five blocks, and three kills. Three Cougars registered double digit numbers in kills: Julia Wynn with 15, Kelsey Rammel with 13, and Hannah Wallace with eleven. Wallace also tallied seven blocks while Rammel had 12 digs. Julia Littell chipped with five service aces.

In the second match, Columbus State battled the Ancilla Chargers for their final victory at the invitational, finishing 25-23, 14-25, 25-15, 21-25, and 15-6. Julia Wynn tallied 17 kills while Kelsey Rammel led the Cougars in digs with 20, followed by Brett Bey with 18, Madeline Platfoot with 16, and Julia Littell with 13. Brett Bey rounded it the win with 38 assists.

Hannah Wallace received All-Tournament honors for her performance.

With a 4-0 record, Columbus State will prepare for Owens Tournament August 28-29 in Perrysburg, Ohio.