Maroon Volleyball Seniors Shine in 3-0 Sweep of Elmhurst

Sarah Muisenga and Audrey Scrafford
Sarah Muisenga and Audrey Scrafford

CHICAGO – University of Chicago volleyball seniors Audrey Scrafford and Sarah Muisenga made their Senior Day match a memorable one, pacing an overwhelming offensive attack that blitzed Elmhurst College 3-0 on Friday.

The No. 11-ranked Maroons (26-3 overall) won for the 14th time in their last 15 matches. The Bluejays dropped to 10-19.

Following the swift three-set sweep, the duo of Scrafford and Muisenga were recognized on the court with their families to cap off Senior Day. Over the past four years, they've led the Maroons to an 87-36 record while combining for 2,271 career kills.

UChicago 3, Elmhurst 0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-13)

The Maroon offense was the driving force all match. Sophomore Emma Griffith kept the attack humming, setting up her teammates with 39 assists. The hitters obliged, hitting .345 overall while committing only eight errors in 113 attempts.

Elmhurst struggled to finish its swings in the first set, committing more errors (7) than kills (6). UChicago took advantage, rolling out to a 6-1 lead and never looking back. Soon enough, the lead was up to 12-4 and the hosts finished it off 25-13. Scrafford proved unstoppable with nine kills in the opening game.

Play evened out in the second set, with the Bluejays jumping out to a 9-4 advantage. However, the Maroons came back to tie the proceedings up at 13-13. After a tie at 21-21, UChicago pulled away at the end with one kill from junior middle hitter Madison Pearson and two more by Scrafford at 25-21.

A 10-3 run midway through the third set put the match out of reach as the hosts hit .500 in the set and wrapped up with a 25-13 win.

UChicago has now posted hitting percentages over .300 in a match 10 times this season. Scrafford smacked 19 kills on 32 attempts to lead the offense. Pearson hit .440 with 11 kills and four blocks. Muisenga tallied nine kills and 10 digs. Junior outside hitter Anne Marie Stifter recorded 16 digs and three blocks, and sophomore libero Katherine Wilson compiled 15 digs.

NEXT MATCH:

  • Friday, Nov. 2 @ 12:00 PM (ET) – UChicago at University of Rochester (UAA Championship)