Women’s Volleyball Splits Day One of Scarlet Hawk Invite, Drops Two on Saturday

The Illinois Tech Women’s Volleyball team faced UC Clermont and Anderson University on day one of the Scarlet Hawk Invite (September 29). The Scarlet Hawks defeated UCC 3-1 before falling to Anderson 3-0. On day two (September 30) they fell to Olivet College and Albion College.

Scores – Day One 

  • Illinois Tech 3, UCC 1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-9, 25-12)
  • AU 3, Illinois Tech 0, (22-25, 18-25, 15-25)

Scarlet Hawk Standouts – UCC Match

  • Taylor Burton continued her impressive stretch of play with a .450 hit percentage, 11 kills, one solo block, and two block assists.
  • Courtney Curcio was impressive in the back row with 24 digs and three service aces.
  • Justine Bracco‘s steady improvement this season once again showed. She hit an impressive .412 percent to go along with nine kills.
  • Sara Hassell led Illinois Tech with 16 kills to go along with 11 digs, two aces, and two total blocks (one solo, one assisted).
  • Natalie Freund led the team with 25 assists while chipping in nine digs and two aces.

Stats to Know

  • It was a balanced afternoon for the Scarlet Hawks, impressive offensively (.242%) and defensively (holding UCC to .017%).
  • Illinois Tech out dug UCC an astounding 66-35.
  • Kills were 52-23 in favor of the Scarlet Hawks.
  • UC Clermont was able to hang around thanks to a strong service game, tallying 11 aces.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts – AU Match

  • Hassell led the team with 17 kills while tallying nine digs.
  • Burton had nine kills and a .231 hit percentage with four total blocks.
  • Freund and Courtney Darling had 14 assists each.
  • Curcio paced Illinois Tech with 18 digs.

Stats to Know – AU Match

  • Service errors doomed the Scarlet Hawks, losing 10-0 in the category.
  • Illinois Tech fell despite a strong defense up front, winning the block battle 12-6.
  • Kills were even at 35.

Scores – Day Two

  • Olivet 3, Illinois Tech 0 (15-25, 17-25, 13-25)
  • Albion 3, Illinois Tech 0 (12-25, 19-25, 14-25)

Scarlet Hawk Standouts – Olivet Match

  • Darling paced the Scarlet Hawks with 15 assists.
  • Curcio led the team with nine digs.
  • Alyssa Miner, Hassell, and Burton all had three block assists. Hassell also contributed 10 kills.

Stats to Know – Olivet Match

  • Illinois Tech was out hit .215 to -.093.
  • The Scarlet Hawks out dug Olivet 45-44.
  • Each team had 12 block assists. The Comets also contributed three solo blocks.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts – Albion Match

  • Burton was impressive. She tallied 10 kills, five total blocks (two solo, three assisted), and a .333 hit percentage.
  • Hassell had eight kills and eight digs.
  • Katherine McCutcheon contributed three block assists.

Stats to Know – Albion Match

  • Service aces were a major factor, as the Britons recorded 15 compared to just three for Illinois Tech.
  • Albion out hit the Scarlet Hawks .345% to .130%, leading in kills 40-24.
  • The Britons won the digs battle 37-27.

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks will head north to Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, October 3 for a 7 p.m. match.