The Cleveland State volleyball team will wrap up #HLVB regular season play this weekend, traveling to Wright State and Northern Kentucky. The Vikings will face the Raiders at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, before taking on the Norse at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. Entering the final two matches of the regular season, Cleveland State stands at 17-9 overall, and owns an 11-3 record in Horizon League play.
THIS WEEKEND'S OPPONENTS
Wright State | The Raiders enter Friday's match with an even 13-13 record this season, including a 5-9 mark in Horizon League play. Wright State has lost four of its last six matches, and currently ranks seventh in the #HLVB standings.
Earlier this season, the Vikings picked up a 3-1 win over WSU as part of their 6-0 start to #HLVB play.
Northern Kentucky | The Norse currently stand at 17-8 overall this season and 9-5 in Horizon League play. NKU enters the weekend on a four-match winstreak, and will host Oakland prior to Saturday's match against the Vikings.
In the first matchup this season, Cleveland State earned a 3-1 victory against Northern Kentucky as part of its 6-0 start to #HLVB play.
CLEVELAND STATE IN THE HORIZON LEAGUE
The Vikings, who are playing in their 18th season of Horizon League play, entered the 2018 #HLVB season as the three-time defending Regular Season champions. Under head coach Chuck Voss, the Vikings own a 169-99 record in regular season Horizon League matches, and won a program-best 14 league contests two years ago. Cleveland State has captured five Regular Season Horizon League crowns (2009, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017), along with a handful of tournament titles (2007, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017).
…CLEVELAND STATE IN #HLVB PLAY THIS YEAR
After the first seven weeks of regular season play, the Vikings stand at 11-3 in #HLVB action. Cleveland State started league play with six straight wins, marking the best start to league action under head coach Chuck Voss, and have won five of their last six entering Friday's match against Wright State. Entering this weekend's matches, the Vikings are tied for first in the league standings.
CHASING A 20-WIN SEASON
With at least three matches left to play this season, the Vikings are just three wins shy of their ninth 20-win season under head coach Chuck Voss, and their 18th 20-win season in program history. With three more wins, the Vikings would notch their fourth straight 20-win season, marking the third time that Cleveland State has recorded four straight 20-win campaigns in program history.
GREENE NAMED #HLVB DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Earlier this week, sophomore Hannah Greene was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week, after averaging 2.11 blocks per set in a pair of matches against IUPUI and Milwaukee. Greene tallied seven blocks against the Jaguars, and followed that up with a career-high 12 blocks against the Panthers. With her 12 blocks against Milwaukee, Greene became one of just three Vikings to record a 12-block match over the last 15 seasons.
…GREENE ON THE BLOCK
Entering the final two regular season matches, sophomore Hannah Greene continues to lead the Horizon League in blocks, averaging 1.50 blocks per set - a mark that also puts her 11th nationally. Greene has combined for 152 total blocks this year, ranking fourth nationally in the category, and ranking fifth in the CSU Single-Season Record Book as one of just five Vikings all-time with 150+ blocks in a single year.
…VIKINGS ON THE BLOCK
Cleveland State has been the best blocking team in the Horizon League this season, entering the week averaging 2.86 blocks per set. As a team, the Vikings have recorded 288.5 total blocks, a mark that ranks second among all Division I teams. Cleveland State has recorded 10.0 or more total blocks on 16 occasions this season, including a season-high 17.0 total blocks three times (Binghamton, UIC, Milwaukee).
DOHAR CHASING CAREER MILESTONE
Entering the final week of regular season play, senior libero Rachael Dohar is closing in on 1,000 career digs, currently standing at 963. Dohar, who leads all current Vikings in the category, would become the 19th Viking all-time to eclipse the 1,000-dig mark. So far this season, Dohar has notched 13 20-dig matches, including a career-high 30-dig performance against Bowling Green during non-league play.
…CRACKS CSU SINGLE-SEASON TOP-10
For the year, Rachael Dohar now has 501 total digs, a mark that ranks fourth in the CSU Single-Season Record Book. Following a 21-dig effort against Milwaukee last time out, Dohar eclipsed the 500-dig mark for the season, becoming one of just four Vikings all-time to notch 500+ digs in a single-season.
BALANCED OFFENSIVE ATTACK
Cleveland State has had the advantage of playing with a balanced offensive attack throughout the 2018 campaign, as four Vikings enter the week with 200+ kills on the season. Trinniti Hall leads the team with 298 total kills, while Sara Skeens has tallied 290. Emily DeGeorge (222 kills) and Rachel Stover (201) have also eclipsed the 200-kill mark this season, as this quartet has accounted for nearly 80-percent of Cleveland State's offense through the first 26 matches. Cleveland State is the only Horizon League team with four or more players to have 200+ kills this season.
…GRECOL LEADING THE VIKING OFFENSE
So far this season, Cleveland State's offense has been led by freshman Christina Grecol, who enters the weekend with 976 total helpers on the year. Grecol, who is the first freshman to lead the Viking offense as the primary setter since Jordan Goad in 2008, currently ranks second among Horizon League players averaging 10.06 assists per set in all matches. For the season, Grecol has notched 50 or more assists on four occasions, including a career-high mark of 57 against UIC earlier this season.
#HLVB WEEKLY HONORS
So far this season the Vikings have been honored six times by the Horizon League, picking up four Offensive Player of the Week honors and two Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Trinniti Hall (Sept. 24 & Oct. 22) and Sara Skeens (Oct. 1 & Oct. 29) have both picked up two offensive nods, while Rachael Dohar (Sept. 24) and Hannah Greene (Nov. 5) have earned defensive player of the week honors so far this season.
HEAD COACH CHUCK VOSS
Chuck Voss is in his 19th season at the helm of the Vikings, and owns a 354-212 (.625) overall record at CSU. Under Voss the Vikings have recorded 15 winning seasons, including nine straight entering the 2018 season. Cleveland State has eclipsed the 20-win mark eight times since Voss took over the program, and has captured Horizon League Tournament titles five times (2007, 2012, 2015, 2016 & 2017) under his guidance. During the 2016 season, Voss became the all-time winningest coach in program history and became the the only active Horizon League coach to reach the 300-win mark at their current school.
Cleveland State will have to wait for the outcomes of the final week of regular season #HLVB play to figure out its seed for the upcoming Horizon League Tournament, which takes place Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18.