Posted: Nov 27, 2012 4:28 PM
Sioux City, Iowa - In the first day of the 2012 NAIA Volleyball National Championships the Columbia College Cougars defeated Carroll (Mont.) College in straight sets. The Cougars, who are seeded third in the championships, defeated the Saints 26-24, 25-15 and 25-21 to improve to 38-1 on the season with their 32nd straight victory. The loss breaks a seven game win streak for Carroll as they drop to 25-10 overall.
The Cougars really opened up play on a high note, making Carroll work for each and every point. After a close win in the first set the Cougars came back to dominate the second game. The third game did not go so easily for Columbia as they fell behind 16-11 before stringing together a 6-2 run that put them back in striking distance. After the Saints took a 21-19 lead the Cougars took notice and pounded down four kills and added a block and ace to finish off Carroll.
Kahoriz Feliz's 12 kills led Columbia. The junior also logged 12 digs. Brooke Simpson and Kelly Corkum added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Paula Ferreira dished out 40 assists and had seven kills and 13 digs. Simpson also chipped in 13 digs while Elena Berroteran led all players with 19 digs.
Eli Graff had eight kills for the Saints.
Columbia continues pool play in pool C tomorrow when they take on Madonna (Mich.) University. The first serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Cougar fans can listen live to the play-by-play presented by the Cougar athletic department. Live video will also be available for tomorrow's match through the Madonna University