Chicago, Ill. – The Roosevelt volleyball team notched its first-ever win over crosstown rival Robert Morris, going on the road to topple the Eagles 25-18, 17-25, 25-18, 26-14 on Tuesday night at Attack Athletics.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Lakers, with all four triumphs coming on the road. The win kept Roosevelt solidly in third place in the rigorous CCAC North Division at 4-3. The Lakers are now 12-7 overall on the season.
Roosevelt's 13 service aces were a catalyst to the team's success on Tuesday, along with strong play from numerous individual sources. Freshman Tori Schrementi led the Lakers with 15 kills, while sophomore Vanessa Owusu tabbed 12 kills. Sophomore Valerie Cutrone posted her third double-double in the last four matches with 10 kills and 12 digs.
Freshman Arielle Nausieda paced the team with 17 digs. Rookie Emma Jarvis chipped in with four service aces, while fellow newcomer Aleesha Cleaver notched three aces of her own to go along with 11 assists as part of the Lakers' three-setter rotation.
Five kills from Owusu in the opening set got Roosevelt off to a strong start with a 25-18 win in the first set. After Robert Morris (4-19, 2-5) stormed back to take the second set, the two sides found themselves deadlocked in set three at 16-16 with momentum hanging in the balance. The Lakers tipped that balance in their favor with a 6-0 run on Cleaver's serve, which included two aces, to pull away for a 25-18 win.
The match appeared to be heading for a fifth set with Robert Morris leading 16-10 in set four. But another strong service run, this one on the arm of Jarvis, sparked seven straight points and put the Lakers in the lead. Jarvis put down three aces in the run. Roosevelt and the Eagles would trade points the rest of the way with the Lakers eventually closing the match out, 26-24.
Roosevelt will look to match its program-best five-match winning streak on Friday when it opens play in the CCAC Crossover Tournament versus St. Francis (Ill.). The tournament will take place at Calumet-St. Joseph with first serve set for 1:00 p.m.