Not even a week after sweeping Saint Mary’ University in straight sets to close out the regular season, the Gustavus volleyball team once again hosts the Cardinals, this time in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff Semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Gusties are the No. 1 seed in the playoffs after finishing the conference schedule 11-0, while the Cardinals are the No. 4 seed (8-3 MIAC) and are coming off a straight set victory over Concordia on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2015 Volleyball Awards on Wednesday and Gustavus took home three of the top four honors. Rachelle Sherden earned Coach-of-the-Year, Alyssa Taylor (Sr., Trimont, Minn.) earned Player-of-the-Year and Nora Holtan (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) earned Rookie-of-the-Year. Along with Taylor and Holtan, Brittany Luethmers (Fy., Prior Lake, Minn.) and Taylor Trautman (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) were named to the All-Conference Team. This year’s four All-MIAC selections for Gustavus marks the second time in program history that four Gusties were selected.
The Gustavus volleyball team put a fitting exclamation point on a remarkable regular season last week with wins over Hamline and Saint Mary's to complete an undefeated (11-0) run to the conference title and extend its school-record winning streak to 25-straight victories. Junior middle hitter Taylor Trautman (Hutchinson, Minn.) starred for the Gusties last week, as she racked up 26 kills with a .489 hitting percentage in the two wins to go along with 22 digs, three aces and four blocks. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Trautman Monday with the MIAC Volleyball Hitter-of-the-Week award.
Sophomore tennis player Mohaned Alhouni (Tripoli, Libya) and senior middle hitter Alyssa Taylor (Trimont, Minn.) have been selected as the Gustavus Adolphus College October Male and Female Student-Athletes-of-the-Month presented by Thrivent Financial and voted on by the Gustavus Sports Information Department.
The Gustavus volleyball team beat Saint Mary’s in straight sets 25-17, 25-21 and 25-23 Saturday afternoon to finish the regular season 25-2 overall and a perfect 11-0 in the MIAC. The decisive victory gave the Gusties their 25th straight win, an undisputed regular season conference championship and marked the first perfect conference record since the 1985 team went 11-0 in the league.
The Gustavus volleyball team is set to host Saint Mary's University at 3 p.m. Saturday in what may be a playoff preview. The Gusties enter the match with an overall record of 24-2 and are 10-0 in the MIAC, which has them locked as the No. 1 seed for playoffs, while the Cardinals are 19-8 overall and 8-2 in the league, and fighting for the No. 2 seed.
The Gustavus volleyball team claimed the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship outright Wednesday night as it defeated Hamline University in four sets 25-19, 25-27, 25-19 and 25-23. The conference title is Gustavus’ first since 1986 and fifth overall. The Gusties also extended their program record win streak to 24 matches and now own a 24-2 overall record with a 10-0 mark in the MIAC.
The Gustavus volleyball team returns to the friendly confines of Gus Young Court at 7 p.m. tonight as it hosts Hamline University. The Gusties enter the match after a pair of five-set road victories to improve to 23-2 overall and 9-0 in the MIAC, while the Pipers are coming off a 3-1 win over St. Olaf last Saturday to move to 11-13 overall and 3-6 in the league. A Gustavus win tonight would clinch the MIAC regular season championship outright, which is the first conference title since 1986.
The Gustavus volleyball team continued its remarkable run with a pair of huge five-set MIAC wins last week to clinch at least a share of the conference championship and extend its winning streak to 23 victories in a row. Leading the way was senior middle hitter Alyssa Taylor (Trimont, Minn./Martin County West), who accumulated 27 kills, a .230 hitting percentage, nine digs, eight blocks and two aces in the two victories. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Taylor Monday with the MIAC Volleyball Hitter-of-the-Week award.
UPDATE: After Saturday's results, Gustavus has clinched at least a share of the MIAC regular season championship. One more win or a loss by Saint Mary's would clinch an outright championship. This is Gustavus' first conference title since 1986 and fifth overall (1982, '84, '85, '86 and 2015).