Colorado College toughs out win
Tigers’ Schornack and Goldsmith each earned double doubles
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Colorado College continued its run in the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament by beating Occidental College in five sets (18-25, 25-17, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13) on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Amy Schornack and junior Laura Goldsmith each had a double-double for the second time during the tournament. Schornack led the Tigers with 47 assists and 16 digs, while Goldsmith had a team-high 17 kills and added 23 digs to lead the defense.
Sophomore Devin Wilkinson led CC at the net with six blocks and had a team-high .520 hitting percentage on a career-high 15 kills.
Colorado College fell behind early in the first set, 3-6, but scored the next three points to knot the set at 6-6. Occidental was able to retake the lead and did not surrender it to go up one set to none.
The top-seeded Tigers proved their worth with a comeback in the second set to tie the game at one set apiece. With the set tied at eight all, CC scored 10 of the next 13 points to take a six-point advantage and continued its run to win the set.
Colorado College carried its momentum into the third set, hitting a match-high .314 attack percentage on 13 kills to take a 2-1 lead on Occidental.
Down 14-18 in the fourth set, the Tigers went on a 6-2 run to tie the set at 20-20. Occidental went on 5-3 run to win the set and tie the game at two sets apiece.
CC took an early 5-4 lead in the fifth set, but Occidental came back to take a 9-8 lead. The Tigers fought back with a 3-0 run to take an 11-9 lead and was able to hold on to their lead to earn the victory over Occidental.