Chicago, Ill. – The Roosevelt volleyball team rose to the occasion in a pivotal CCAC North Division clash with Judson on Tuesday night, rallying back from four-point deficits in both the third and fourth sets to earn a 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19 victory over the Eagles at the UIC Physical Education Building.
The match-up on Tuesday was a showdown for third place in the CCAC North Division. The victory moved the Lakers (17-11, 8-6) two games ahead of Judson (15-13, 6-6) in the win column and kept Roosevelt in firm footing of a spot in the CCAC Tournament.
The Lakers win featured a pair of school records falling by the wayside as part of a solid team offensive and defensive effort. Freshman Aleesha Cleaver set a new school record for single-match assists with 54 to go with a career-best 20 digs. Fellow rookie Arielle Nausieda set the new school standard for digs in a match with 31.
As a team, Roosevelt pounded down 65 kills, the second-most ever posted in a match, with sophomore Vanessa Owusu leading the way with 20 kills. Sophomore Valerie Cutrone (16 kills) and freshmen Najoua Alioualla (14 kills) and Tori Schrementi (10 kills) also reached double digits in kills for the Lakers.
While the Lakers emerged the victor, the match seemed to be favoring Judson after the Eagles took the second set to level the contest and owned a four-point lead early in the third set. Roosevelt stormed back, though, to knot the score before closing the set on a 6-2 run to win, 25-21. The Lakers trailed 14-10 in the fourth set, but, once again, didn't back down. Roosevelt scored six of the next seven points to regain the lead and never looked back in an eventual 25-19 triumph.
Carissa Oelke paced the Eagles with a double-double of 18 kills and 16 digs.
The Lakers will be back in action on Friday when they open play in the two-day CCSJ Tournament in Whiting, Ind. Roosevelt kicks off the tournament by taking on Michigan-Dearborn at 1:00 p.m.