The Carthage women’s volleyball team continues to pile up the victories.
Not that it’s always been easy, however.
Playing host to Elmhurst on Wednesday night at Tarble Arena, the fourth-ranked Reds had to overcome a pair of rallies before they recorded a 25-17, 25-23, 25-14 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin sweep.
The win improved Carthage to 19-1 overall and 5-0 in the CCIW.
“(This was a) really good team win tonight against a tough Elmhurst team,” Carthage coach Leanne Ulmer said in a press release. “We were tough defensively, not many blocks, but a lot of digs and hustle plays.”
Early on in the opening set, it looked like the Reds may cruise, as they jumped out to a 19-8 lead before the Bluejays cut the deficit to seven points, but Carthage hung on for the eight-point win.
The second set was even tighter.
Elmhurst led, 7-5, before Carthage knotted things at 8-8 and held an 18-17 advantage, but the Bluejays pulled within a point at 24-23.
Shannon Kebisek sealed the second set with a kill — and the Reds took that momentum into the third set, where they built a six-point lead they would never relinquish.
Leaders included Megan Behrendt (12 kills, 12 digs), Ellie LeCount (40 assists, 10 digs) and Autumn McGee (10 kills, 11 digs). Laura de Rosales had a team-high 22 digs for the Reds.
With her 12 kills, Behrendt moved to sixth all-time in the program’s history with 1,185.
Carthage 3, North Park 2
Senior David Snooks took a crossing pass from freshman Noah Smeja and punched in the game-winning goal with just less than eight minutes left Wednesday night to lift the Red Men to the CCIW victory over 23rd-ranked North Park at Art Keller Field.
The goal was the first of his career for Snooks.
With the win, the Red Men improved to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
“It’s easy to say this after a win, but this was a great college soccer match,” Carthage coach Steve Domin said in a press release. “North Park is simply so dangerous in the front third, so we had to alter the way we normally play for chunks of the game.”
Carthage took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a goal by Jerry Patino, his team-leading sixth, off a free kick by Danny Eloyza.
After North Park tied things just after the intermission, Eloyza recorded another assist, this time to a sliding Kevin Reilly, who knocked in the goal to return the lead back to Carthage.
The Vikings again tied the score in the 76th minute to set up Snooks’ game winner.