Women’s Volleyball Wins Two on October 1

womens-volleyballThe Illinois Tech Women’s Volleyball team hosted the second and final day of the Scarlet Hawk Invite on October 1 in the Keating Sports Center. The Scarlet Hawks won a pair of matches, defeating UC-Clermont in straight sets before a four-set win over Eureka College. The Scarlet Hawks now have an 8-10 record on the season.


  • Illinois Tech 3, UC Clermont 0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-18)
  • Illinois Tech 3, Eureka 1 (27-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17)

How it Happened – UC Clermont

  • The Scarlet Hawks hit an impressive .225% in the first set en route to a 25-16 win. Illinois Tech jumped out to a 7-3 lead before UC Clermont inched closer to tie things at 11. An 8-1 run then propelled the Scarlet Hawks to the set win.
  • In set two, an impressive second half of the set put the Scarlet Hawks in position to coast to a win. After leading 7-5, the Scarlet Hawks outscored UC Clermont 18-4 for the remainder of the set.
  • The third and final set was a set of runs. After a 10-4 lead to start off for the Hawks, UC Clermont went on a 5-0 run to pull to within one. The Scarlet Hawks would respond with nine straight points to roll to the match win.

How it Happened – Eureka

  • The first set was the tightest one of the match, but things did not start that way. After a 3-0 lead to begin the match for the Hawks, Eureka rattled off six straight points to lead 6-3. After managing to tie things back up at 10, the Scarlet Hawks would seize control, building a 20-15 advantage after a 6-0. However, the Red Devils would persevere, tying things back up at 24 and then at 25 after a Courtney Darling kill gave Illinois Tech a one point lead. To close out the match, an Irena Grauzinis kill and Eureka miscue gave the Scarlet Hawks the 27-25 win.
  • Set two was also close, but it was Eureka who prevailed this time. Holding the Scarlet Hawks to a hitting percentage of .000, the Red Devils built a 20-12 lead before holding off an Illinois Tech comeback to win 25-22.
  • The Scarlet Hawk attack managed to turn things around in the third set, hitting a match-high .324%. Never trailing in the set, two of Illinois Tech’s final four points came courtesy of kills from defensive specialist Courtney Curcio.
  • The fourth and final set saw Illinois Tech build a 19-9 advantage. Eureka managed to pull to within five late, but an attack error gave the Scarlet Hawks the 25th and final point of the set for a match win.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Grauzinis had another impressive day in the kills department, totaling 42 for the day (19 vs. UC Clermont, 23 vs. Eureka). She also tallied 25 digs and three aces.
  • Darling managed 68 assists, five aces, and 27 digs on the day. Four of her five aces came against Eureka, tying for a team high in the match.
  • Curcio had one of her best statistical days as a Scarlet Hawk, leading the team in digs in both matches. She combined for 50 on the day (20 vs. UC Clermont, 30 vs. Eureka).
  • Katherine McCutcheon led the team with five blocks on the day (all assisted). Four of those came against Eureka.
  • Alyssa Miner totaled 13 kills and had four aces in each match.

Stats to Know

  • Illinois Tech held UC Clermont to a .008 hitting percentage.
  • Illinois Tech tallied an impressive 11 aces against UC Clermont while holding the opponent to just one.
  • The Scarlet Hawks tallied 13 more kills than Eureka, winning the category 57-44.
  • Both Illinois Tech and Eureka recorded eight blocks (all assisted).

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks will compete in a four-match tournament at St. Mary of the Woods on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8. Illinois Tech is set to oppose St. Mary of the Woods (2p.m.) and Rochester (4 p.m.) on October 7 before squaring off against Berea (9 a.m.) and Wright State-Lake (11 a.m.) on October 8. All times listed are central time.