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Maroons volleyball wins a pair of five-set matches at first day of Midwest Challenge

Maren Loe and Nikki DelZenero
Maren Loe and Nikki DelZenero

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The University of Chicago volleyball team kept its hot streak going with a pair of 3-2 victories over Heidelberg University and Bethany College at day one of the Midwest Challenge on Friday. The No. 15-ranked Maroons (16-5) have now won six matches in-a-row.

UChicago had its hands full in the first match versus Heidelberg (11-10). The Student Princes jumped out to a lead by winning the first set 25-12. The Maroons got comfortable in the next two sets, taking them 25-17 and 25-18. Heidelberg then came back to grab the fourth set 25-18. In the decisive fifth set, UChicago clinched the victory 15-12.

During the course of the match, senior setter Nikki DelZenero broke the UChicago record for career assists. The previous record of 3,155 assists was held by Nikki Boddicker (2005-08).

Stat Leaders
Maren Loe
(Outside Hitter, So.) - 20 kills, 12 digs
Jasmine Mobley (Outside Hitter, So.) - 15 kills, 4 digs
Maggie Vaughn (Middle Blocker, Sr.) - 11 kills
Kathryn La Porte
(Middle Blocker, Fr.) - 7 kills, 3 blocks
Nikki DelZenero (Setter, Sr.) - 51 assists, 14 digs
Eirene Kim (Libero, Jr.) - 13 digs, 5 assists
Ragine Graves (Setter, So.) - 12 digs, 2 assists

In their second match of the day, the Maroons pulled out another five-set victory over Bethany (18-5). The Bison edged UChicago in the first set 25-23. Once again, the Maroons took two-straight sets 25-19 and 25-22. Bethany won the fourth set 25-20 to stay alive, but UChicago came up clutch in the fifth set with a 15-13 victory.

Junior libero Eirene Kim broke her own school record with 42 digs. DelZenero dished out a season-high 58 assists in the match.

Stat Leaders
Maren Loe (Outside Hitter, So.) - 20 kills, 12 digs, 4 blocks
Jasmine Mobley (Outside Hitter, So.) - 17 kills, 3 blocks
Maggie Vaughn (Middle Blocker, Sr.) - 10 kills, 5 blocks
Katie Huntington
(Right Side Hitter, Sr.) - 12 kills
Nikki DelZenero (Setter, Sr.) - 58 assists, 13 digs
Eirene Kim (Libero, Jr.) - 42 digs
Ragine Graves (Setter, So.) - 16 digs