This past weekend the Eastern Kentucky volleyball team traveled to Tucson, Arizona to compete in the Cactus Classic hosted by the University of Arizona. The colonels fell short in all three matches played, dropping their record to 2-5, but Chloe Rojas, a Junior Libero, managed to make the Cactus Classic All-Tournament team.
To start off the tournament, which began last Friday, the Colonels faced two tough opponents, the first of the two being the University of Arizona Wildcats. The Colonels fell in three sets to the Wildcats by scores of 17-25, 19-25 and 27-29 but fought all the way until the final point of the last set.
The third set would go on to tie a total of five times before the Wildcats were barely able to escape with a pair of kills which gave them the set and then the match.
The Colonels would end that match with only 29 kills and a hitting percentage of .045%.
The volleyball team would not break their losing streak in the next game against Radford University, losing in a set of the three by scores of 18-25, 14-25 and 16-25. Radford proved to be a tough opponent for Eastern, allowing the Colonels to only score 32 points and keeping them down to 27 kills.
Rachel Woody, despite the team losses, grabbed a double-double in each game. She had 15 assists/10 digs against Arizona and 20 assists/11 digs against Radford.
Heading in to the second day, last Saturday, the Colonels came in to face Grand Canyon University with a chip on their shoulder. The match lasted all five sets but unfortunately the Colonels were no match for the Antelopes losing by scores of 25-17, 25-22, 18-25, 14-25 and 12-15.
Nikki Drost and Celina Sanks left the match each with a double-double, Drost with 14 kills/18 digs and Sanks with 17 kills/12 digs.
Despite coming out of the tournament with 3 losses, Chloe Rojas was named to the Cactus Classic All-Tournament team. Rojas was a powerhouse for the Colonels having a combined 31 digs the first day and 19 against Grand Canyon University. Rojas said, “(Insert her quote here or wherever you feel best.)”
The Colonels, now 2-5, look to end their losing streak with a change of scenery as they head to the East coast for the Carolina Classic which begins on Sep. 8 in Columbia, SC at 1 p.m.