PERRYSBURG, Ohio – The Columbus State Community College volleyball team closed out this weekend's road competition on a high note after sweeping two midwestern teams on Saturday. Going 3-1 over the weekend, the Cougars improve to 11-2 overall but drop to No. 2 in the league play. Columbus State swept Schoolcraft College (Livonia, Mich.) and the College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) along with defeating Lorain County (Elyria, Ohio) in what was a five set battle and dropping a 3-1 decision to conference foe Owens (Perrysburg, Ohio).
Outside hitter Bobby Diamond had a stellar performance over the four matches, accumulating 52 kills with an average .455 attack percentage, in addition to, racking up eight aces and 15 blocks. Georgia Payne also had a impressive showing, accumulating 26 kills, 61 assists, 37 digs, and 12 blocks.
Tanya Yeauger recorded 27 kills on .253 hitting along with 12 digs and 13 blocks while Edan Jones logged 17 kills accompanied by 43 digs and a pair of aces. Audrey Jenkins dished out 78 assists along with five aces and 30 digs. She nailed her career-high digs with 12 vs. Owens. In the back row, Megan Mechlin registered a total of 37 digs while Samantha Dunn added 32 digs.
Next up for the Cougars is a road match vs. Lakeland Community College (2-11, 1-4 OCCAC) on Wed, Sep. 19 at 6:00 p.m. They return home for another conference match on Fri, Sep. 21 vs. Lakeland.
Key Tournament Statistics
-Errors plagued the Cougars in the Lorain County match, resulting in a season-low .142 hitting percentage and a season-high in attack errors (27). However, Columbus State did tally a season-high 82 digs in the match.
-Diamond posted a career-high .781 in the Lorain match, adding 26 kills on 32 swings while committing only a single error. She also had a career-high five aces.
-Payne recorded the team's first individual triple-double of the season vs. Lorain County in kills (10), digs (18), and assists (19).
Overall Statistical Leaders
-Diamond climbed to No. 5 in the nation in hitting (.430) and sits in the top-25 in kills per set (3.24) and blocks per set (1.13).
-Columbus State is No. 1 in the conference in service aces per set (2.62).
-Columbus State is in the top-ten in the nation in three statistical catergories: blocks per set (2.87), kills per set (10.53), and assists per set (9.96.