GEORGETOWN, Texas – For the time being, heading into two more tough matches on Sunday, Colorado College's volleyball team continues to enjoy a world of perfection in the NCAA Division III ranks.
The 10th-ranked Tigers, fueled by sophomore outside hitter Lauren Hahn's career-high 16 kills, improved to 17-0 overall and 5-0 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 25-14, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23 victory Saturday evening over host Southwestern University in the second of four weekend SCAC cross-divisional matches in Georgetown, Texas.
CC, which meets Trinity University and Texas Lutheran on Sunday, swept Schreiner University by a 25-20, 25-20, 25-10 count earlier in Day 1 of the competition.
Hahn, from Highlands Ranch, Colo., added 20 digs against Southwestern in her strongest performance to date as a Tiger. Joining her with a double-double in the match was freshman Abbe Holtz, who recorded 13 kills and 14 digs.
Hahn and Holtze were among four Colorado College players to finish with double-digit kills, as sophomore Courtney Birkett and junior captain Kristen Liberty added 13 and 10, respectively.
Birkett and Liberty each hammered down a pair of kills late in Game 4 to finish off the pesky Pirates, who dropped to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Liberty posted a sizzling .727 attack percentage in the earlier match against Schreiner, leading both teams with nine kills and just a single error in 11 attempts.
Birkett and Holtze collected seven kills apiece against the Mountaineers, with Birkett also committing only one error. Sophomore libero Sophie Merrifield sparked Saturday's defensive effort with 48 digs, including 36 against Southwestern.
With the 17 consecutive victories so far in 2013, Colorado College continues to build on its school record to start a season. The Tigers have won a dozen of their matches in straight sets, dropping a total of only five games in the process.
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