UChicago volleyball opens Gargoyle Classic with split

Morgan Barry and Ragine Graves
Morgan Barry and Ragine Graves

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago volleyball team opened up action as hosts of the Gargoyle Classic with a 3-0 win over Augustana College and a 3-2 loss to Carthage College on Friday.

The Maroons ran their record to 14-6 on the year.

UChicago 3, Augustana 0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-21)

UChicago came out strong by winning the opening five points of the match and 10 of the first 13. The Maroons ran effective misdirection on offense and hit right over the top of the Vikings' block. Augustana struggled to find a groove and the home side expanded its lead to double digits at 20-10. Junior outside hitter Maren Loe ended the set at 25-15 by hanging in the air on the left side and smashing a kill straight down past the blockers.

After hitting at a .417 clip in the first set, UChicago kept the offense rolling by hitting .306 in the second set. After falling behind 6-2 at the start, Augustana started to find its footing and went ahead 9-8. The Maroons then reeled off six-straight points and pulled away, 25-17.

The Vikings scored on several long rallies to start the third set, and the game played out evenly throughout, ultimately tying at 20-20. That's when the Maroons came through with big blocks on defense to end the match at 25-21. Junior outside hitter Jasmine Mobley and freshman middle blocker Taylor David tallied back-to-back blocks in that span and Mobley followed with a kill at 24-20.

UChicago ended up with 45 kills and a .286 attack percentage. Mobley and senior outside hitter Morgan Barry combined for 25 kills on 65 attempts in the match. Augustana totaled 32 kills and a .127 attack percentage.

UChicago Stat Leaders
Morgan Barry (Sr.) – 14 kills
Jasmine Mobley (Jr.) – 11 kills, 6 digs, 3 blocks
Ragine Graves (Jr.) – 32 assists, 11 digs, 4 kills
Maren Loe (Jr.) – 8 kills, 10 digs
Eirene Kim (Sr.) – 12 digs, 4 assists

 

Carthage 3, UChicago 2 (25-19, 23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-8)

The Maroons struggled with their offense in the first set as Carthage built up a 17-11 lead. But UChicago got back within one point at 20-19, with two assisted blocks coming from David. However, Carthage won the last five points to grab the set 25-19.

Two kills each by Loe and David put UChicago up 5-3 in the subsequent set. The score was tied on multiple occasions at 12-12, 17-17 and 21-21. Barry delivered two kills to close out the set 25-23 to even the match at 1-1. The third set was also a back-and-forth affair and the score stood at 17-17. Four of the next five points went to the home side and a block on the final point gave the Maroons a 25-21 set victory.

Loe scored the first three kills for UChicago in the fourth set. Carthage began to pull past on several instances, including at 9-6 and 20-16. UChicago won five points in-a-row to recapture the lead at 21-20. But the Lady Reds took the final three points and the set 25-23. Carthage got the early momentum in the fifth set and rode it to win the match 15-8.

The Maroons finished with 54 kills, 11 total blocks and a .172 attack percentage. The Lady Reds ended with 73 kills, six total blocks and a .179 attack percentage.

UChicago Stat Leaders
Maren Loe (Jr.) – 19 kills, 15 digs, 3 blocks
Morgan Barry (Sr.) – 13 kills, 22 digs, 4 blocks
Ragine Graves (Jr.) – 47 assists, 19 digs
Jasmine Mobley (Jr.) – 9 kills, 5 digs
Taylor David (Fr.) – 5 kills, 6 blocks

NEXT MATCHES:

  • Saturday, September 27 – Gargoyle Classic at UChicago, 10 AM / 4 PM