Colorado College Volleyball: Gurolnick, Spaethling Claim SCAC Volleyball Awards

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the second time this season, members of the Colorado College volleyball team won both Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekly awards.

Anna Gurolnick was named Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while Marguerite Spaethling was tabbed Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after helping the Tigers post a 3-0 record last week and taking over first place in the conference standings with one week to play.

Gurolnick averaged 5.36 digs per set during last week’s crossover matches in San Antonio.

The junior libero recorded a season-high 24 digs in the five-set come-from-behind victory over Trinity University that squared the season series at one match apiece. It marked the fourth time this season Gurolnick has had more than 20 digs in a match.

She also had 16 and 19 in the sweeps of Texas Lutheran University and Schreiner University, respectively.

Gurolnick also posted a .926 percentage on serve receive, with only four reception errors on 54 attempts. Her percentage was .938 in the showdown with Trinity, with only two errors on 32 attempts.

With 59 digs in 11 sets, Gurolnick climbed two spots into seventh place on the program’s all-time list with 1,382.

On the offensive side of the net, Spaethling finished the weekend with a .400 hitting percentage and averaged 2.89 kills per set.

She posted a .625 attack percentage with 11 kills on 16 attacks with only one error as CC began the weekend with a sweep of Texas Lutheran.

In the five-set win over Trinity, Spaethling led Colorado College with 15 kills on 30 attempts while hitting .367 as the Tigers rallied to win the final two sets.

Spaethling, who leads the SCAC with a .378 hitting percentage and is second on the team averaging 2.99 kills per set, also was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions early this season.

CC improved to 26-2 overall and 12-1 in the SCAC.

The Tigers play their final home match against the Mississippi University for Women on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Colorado College faces the University of Dallas and Johnson & Wales University in its final conference matches at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, in Denver.