In their debut night, the John Carroll University volleyball team defeated Oberlin College on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center. The Blue Streaks swept the Yeowomen in just three sets (25-15, 25-14, 25-15).
First-year head coach Michele Benoit lead her team to their seventh win this season and first on their home court. The Blue Streaks have only five losses so far with a 7-5 record.
The first part of the opening set was back-and-forth until junior Kayla Musso aced a serve. From that point on, the Blue Streaks took complete control. In the first set, Carroll accumulated fifteen kills.
Sophomore Caitlin Cianciolo stood out in the second set as she had four consecutive service aces. Her aces allowed the Blue Streaks to gain a ten-point lead before Oberlin could get a sideout. Cianciolo led the Blue and Gold with ten digs throughout the match.
The overwhelming majority of John Carroll’s points came from kills in the final set of the game. Senior captains Leah Switalski and Kit O’Shaughnessy each contributed nine kills for the night.
Senior Katie Cosker surpassed the1,300th dig of her career on Tuesday night. Prior to the game, she was just four digs shy of 1,300, but after collected eight digs, she now sits at 1,304.
Another milestone to watch is O’Shaughnessy’s assists. She currently sits in third place all-time assists. She racked up 25 assists during the game, so she now has 3,264 total.
“It is a great feeling to get the first home game under our belt and even win in three,” said Cianciolo after the game. “It was awesome to see the team chemistry at work on our home court. I feel this game shows what we are capable of as a team.”
This was the first meeting for these teams since 2012. Carroll leads the overall record of the match up 29-2.
John Carroll now holds a two match winning streak heading into the second half of the non-confernce schedule. Switalski is eager and excited to see how the rest of the season plays out, saying, “We are kind of in the underdog role, and from previous experience, we have always succeed with that title. We have what it takes to win. Since the Ohio Athletic Conference is extremely competitive, playing will be fun and intense. We need to focus on our side and what we do best, and the scoreboard will take care of itself,” said Switalski.