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Fresno, Calif.–On a day that saw milestones reached and new career highs set, the San José State volleyball team rallied from an 0-1 deficit to win at Fresno State 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22) Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West match at the Save Mart Center.

Nandyala Gama led the Spartan hitting attack with a career-best 21 kills and hit an outstanding .600 for the match with no hitting errors on 35 attempts. Her 21 kills now gives her 954 kills for her career, 46 short of becoming the 14th player in school history to record 1,000 kills.

Gama also moved up the Spartan career blocking list with her four block assists. She moved past Cristin Rossman and into fifth place all-time with 293 career block assists. Gama also increased her career blocks total to 333 and is in sixth place, 24 behind Rossman’s 357.

Setter Breann Robinson also joined elite status among San José State setters as she recorded her 2,000th career assist in the fourth set. She is one of just 12 players in school history to reach this milestone.



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ESPOIR LLdies in white jump to block a spike from Ndejje player. Photos by Johnson Were

Sport-S started off aggressively winning the first set 25-19 and then added the second set 25-18, before KAVC replied with 25-9 win which gave them hope of recovering.

However, Sport-S led by Dickens Otim determined to make no mistake came in the fourth set too strong for KAVC to handle.

KAVC coach, Sheila Omuriwe attributed the defeat to the players who were not ready for the game.

“Yes we could win this game but the mistakes we committed on court were a sign that it was a bad day for us,” she stated citing the over five points conceded due to serving off pitch in almost all sets.

“It is good we have identified these weaknesses earlier enough and we shall correct them and come back for revenge in the play-offs,” Omuriwe added.



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Although Cornell volleyball opened Ivy play with a decisive win against Columbia last weekend, the victory did not come without its hiccups. The Red just barely won the first set, 27-25, and lost the second, 26-24, only to rally and resoundingly win the third and fourth sets, 25-19 and 25-18, respectively.

“We knew we were in control of the match and just needed to settle down and play our game,” said head coach Trudy Vande Berg. “We took a deep breath and started over and executed.”

Now, Cornell (5-5, 1-0 Ivy) will look to build off the momentum of the last two sets against the Lions as it hopes to continue Ivy play undefeated when it travels to Harvard (6-4, 1-0) and Dartmouth (4-6, 0-1) this coming weekend.

Despite starting Ivy play with a win, Cornell knows it will face a big challenge when the team hits the road for the first time against conference rivals.



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Junior setter Emma Wheeler, shown here in action against Stamford on Wednesday, had 33 assists in a 3-0 win over Trinity on Thursday. — Dave Stewart photo

The New Canaan volleyball team jumped back into the win column with a 3-0 shutout of the Trinity Catholic Crusaders on Thursday evening in Stamford.

The win wasn’t easy, as two of three sets were decided by just two points. The Rams pulled ahead in both before taking the final frame by nine points for the 27-25, 25-23, 25-16 match decision.

The Rams are now 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the FCIAC heading into a pair of home matches against Trumbull (5-2 overall, 3-2 FCIAC) on Monday, and Warde (5-3, 2-3) on Wednesday.

With it’s loss, Trinity dropped to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference

The Rams received another huge effort from senior co-captain Carson Allsteadt, who collected 17 kills, 9 digs and one block.



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The Evanston Township High School girls varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams kneeled during the national anthem before their game on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Evanston.
 (Photo courtesy of Ben Silverman)

The decision of an Evanston High School girls volleyball team to “take a knee” during the national anthem before their match this week sparked conversation on the topic in both Evanston and in nearby New Trier High School, with members of both schools’ varsity football teams following suit on Thursday.

A senior on the girls volleyball team said the decision was made without the knowledge of parents or coaches and was done to bring attention to “those who face injustice in America.”

More than a dozen members of the Evanston football team, the Evanston cheerleaders and marching band, as well as one New Trier football player, also chose to kneel during the anthem before their game Thursday. The kneeling protests were brought to prominence months ago by then-San Francisco 49ersquarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was trying to raise awareness of social injustice and racism. The “take a knee” movement shot to the forefront of national debate recently, after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players participating in the protest, using a curse word to refer to them and saying they should be fired.



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As a team, coming together has been a key development for the Notre Dame Cougars senior girls volleyball team.

With Six grade 12s, five grade 11s and one grade 10, head coach Dana Woroniuk has been thrilled so far with how the team has bonded and built a solid foundation for success.

“Offensively we have some girls that played some high-level ball in the last year and they’re bringing that experience to the team,” Woroniuk said.

“They’ve shown great leadership and so far I couldn’t be more pleased. Our younger girls are just eager to follow along and do their part. Everyone is buying into their role.”



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The nine girls part of the new St. Patrick School Irish volleyball team in Weston may have gotten approval to compete later this month, but they need some community support to ensure home-field advantage.

Jena Whiston, a volunteer learning support specialist at the school, thought she had secured enough money to purchase a new volleyball net for the Catholic school via a Good Sports grant. However, the net system was already sold out in the online catalog.

“Our gym is very, very old and doesn’t have any anchors, so we have to buy those before we purchase the steel posts and the regulation net, the padding that goes around the posts, the volleyball stand. By the time you buy the whole net system, it’s about $4,000,” Whiston said. “We were shocked — we weren’t anticipating that.”



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Having a home-court advantage is an important aspect to any team’s schedule, and utilizing that edge is imperative. The ASU women’s volleyball team has taken this concept above and beyond this season by going undefeated not only in Tempe, but Arizona as a whole.

The Sun Devils (10-2) started their season by winning three straight home games during the Sun Devil Volleyball Classic.

Sophomore libero and Arizona native Halle Johnson said the team started the season strong after winning those three matches at home.

“I thought it was a good three games and three matches,” Johnson said. “We played well as a team. We worked hard that week in practice before those games.”

After those three wins, the Sun Devils struggled to get things going in the Gonzaga Invitational in Washington, posting a 1-2 record that weekend.

The Sun Devils then returned to Arizona and competed in the Northern Arizona Tournament. ASU repeated the success they found in the Sun Devil Tournament and went 3-0 to sweep the tournament and improve their record to 7-2.

Head coach Sanja Tomasevic said the coaching staff does not focus on statistics,  especially being undefeated in Arizona.

Instead, the coaching staff focuses on what they can control, and how to ensure they are doing those things correctly.

“We do control what we do on our side of the net and how we prepare for matches,” Tomasevic said. “What we eat before matches, little things like that.”



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The Spartans just added a new NCAA team to their extensive list of sports: beach volleyball. Beach volleyball will be coached by 16-year assistant coach of the indoor volleyball team, Jeffery Lamm. The new program has announced a tryout date on September 22 at 5 p.m. at the new beach volleyball facility on campus.

Lamm is not new to head coaching, having coached at the club level for plenty of years. Despite this, Lamm learned a lot from his years of being the assistant coach under the head coach of the UT  volleyball team Chris Catanach.

“Some of the main things I have learned and admire about coach is how he runs his program with integrity and passion,” Lamm said. “The players always know where they stand and there are no head games.  You have not met a more competitive human being than Coach Catanach, even after 34 years of coaching he is still has the same competitive spirit.”



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Kennedy Middle School’s three-season winning streak in volleyball ended on the road Sept. 19 at the hands of North Augusta, as the Yellow Jackets (3-0) snuck past the Eagles (2-1) 14-25, 25-13, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13. Kennedy’s 51-game streak dated back to the start of the 2014 season. The defending county champs went 19-0 in 2016, also winning every set in the process, and they wound up 15-0 in 2015 and 2014 alike.



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