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Athenas Volleyball Completes Successful Week

CMS Volleyball wrapped up its third week of competition with a 3 match sweep of its opponents. Tuesday night, the Athenas headed to Pasadena to open SCIAC play versus the Beavers of Caltech. Tweaking her ankle in warm-ups, Caltech's top player, Lisa Gee, was sidelined for the match and the Beaver's felt her loss, totaling just 5 points in the first set. The CMS squad played consistenly throughout the match, hitting .371 overall, finishing 25-5, 25-12, 25-12. Sophomore, Sonia Bao (CMC, Burbank CA) hit .583, notching 8 kills in the effort. Middle blocker, Sarah Beattie (SCR, Quechee VT) chipped in 5 kills of her own and a pair of blocks in her season debut as a starter. The win marked the team's first conference victory of the 2008 season.   Friday, CMS returned to Ducey Gym to host conference opponent, Whittier College. The Athenas dominated from the opening points, allowing just 3 Whittier kills in set one en route to a 25-9 victory. The shell-shocked Whittier team regrouped in the break and returned to the court with renewed focus and energy, but breakdowns in serve receive allowed the CMS team to block effectively and limit Whittier standout, Keisha O'Brien to just 6 kills in the match. CMS held on to win sets two and three (25-18, 25-12). Senior libero, Greer Donley (CMC, Leawood KS) led both teams defensively with 18 digs. Freshman outside hitter, Sarah Marietta (SCR, Monument CO) had 8 kills while senior opposite hitter, Kristine Grigsby (CMC, Issaquah WA) had 4. Senior co-captain, Helena Bottemiller (CMC, Burien WA) hit .400 with 5 kills in the middle. The win places the Athenas at 2-0 in conference play.   Later that afternoon, CMS took on east coast opponent, New York University who entered the match on a 5 match winning streak. The Athenas came out strong, and were ahead 17-11 before NYU rallied back behind the play of middle blocker, Erin Noonan. They tied the score at 20-20, but the Athenas won 5 of the next 7 rallies to close the set out 25-22. Set 2 was all CMS, backed by a strong blocking effort by junior Jamie Matusiak (CMC, Tucson AZ) who had 4 stops in the match. The Athenas held NYU to a negative hitting percentage in the set and won 25-11. The Violets settled down in set 3 and never trailed by more than a couple points, before going ahead in extra points at 26-25 on a CMS service error. The Athenas fought back, but another CMS service error and a subsequent NYU kill put the Violets narrowly ahead at the final count, 30-28. In set 4, the Athenas pulled ahead with an early 17-10 lead and though they gave up points mid-way though the set, the point was too great for the Violets to make up, and CMS closed the match out 25-19. Marietta had 14 kills, as did sophomore opposite hitter, Angela Estrella-Lemus (CMC, Gilroy CA). Freshman, Emily Hudson (CMC, South Pasadena CA) had 8 kills and chipped in 16 digs, while sophomore Leanne Ringquist (CMC, Ben Lomond CA) hit .400 with 5 kills to pace the middle attack. The win was the Athenas 4th victory in a row. They will travel to Wheaton, IL at the end of the week to play in the Thunder Invitational.