Tigers Sweep SCAC Volleyball Awards

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado College volleyball team is accustomed to sweeping opponents on the court. Now, the Tigers have posted their first sweep off of it.

Freshman Abbe Holtze and sophomore Sophie Merrifield were named Players of the Week by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for their efforts in leading CC to four victories at last weekend’s Associated Colleges of the Midwest Tournament at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Holtze, an outside hitter from Manhattan Beach, Calif., earned the offensive award after averaging 4.27 points and 3.69 kills per set during the four matches. She hit .352 with 48 kills and just 10 errors in 108 total attempts to earn a spot on the all-tournament team for the third weekend in a row.

Holtze recorded a pair of double-doubles, giving her three for the season. She posted 14 kills and 10 digs in the three-set victory over St. Olaf College and recorded 12 kills and a season-high 20 digs in Sunday’s sweep of Lawrence University.

Merrifield, a libero from Fairfax, Calif., averaged 5.38 digs per set. She led the Tigers in digs during all four matches, including the sweep of Lawrence University in the tournament finale when she finished with 21. It marked the fourth time this season she has recorded 20 or more in a match.

More impressively, Merrifield did not commit a reception error in any of the 13 sets. She now leads the conference averaging 5.44 digs per set.

With the four victories in Iowa, Colorado College improved to 12-0 for just the second time in program history. The streak is its longest ever out of the gate during the NCAA's current rally-scoring era that began in 2001.

The SCAC weekly award is the first for both players.

CC opens its conference slate next weekend in Irving, Texas, with divisional matches against Centenary College, Austin College and host University of Dallas.