Vikings Championship Season Ends In NCAA First Round Friday
EAST LANSING, MI (TM216) — All good things must come to an end, such is the case with a memorable Cleveland State Volleyball season as they fall in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
For the second straight year, Cleveland State makes an appearance in the NCAA tournament. However, in the Vikings first ever matchup against the Arizona Wildcats, it was a struggle to string together enough momentum to take a set. After falling 25-14 in the opening set, Cleveland State only able to close the game slightly (25-17, 25-13) in the second before being swept 3-0.
Coach Voss’s Vikings entered the NCAAs riding high after a championship winning run in the Horizon League, both hosting and winning the conference championship.
As volleyball struck hard wood for the final time on the Vikings season, also the final set for several decorated members of the Vikings roster.
Etching her name among the elite in Cleveland State volleyball, Grace Kauth ends her career ranking third all-time in career kills (1,457), fourth in career digs (1,240), and top ten in five additional categories. In her final game, Grace would lead all Vikings with eight kills.
Also wrapping up their collegiate careers are Aaliya Slappy and Sydney Mast. Both decorated members of the Vikings roster in their own right.
Despite the early tournament exit, 2016 will remain a season to remember. The Vikings finish the regular season with a Horizon League leading 14 conference wins, and the 25 overall victories mark the second highest win total with Coach Voss.
Cleveland State finishes the season (25-6), Arizona advances to play (9) Michigan State on Saturday.
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