SALT LAKE CITY – CSI volleyball split two games with ranked opponents Friday in the Salt Lake City Community College Tournament.
In the first game of the day, the eight-ranked Golden Eagles beat 23rd-ranked Laramie County Community College for the second time in a week, 3-1. After losing the first set 25-20, CSI bounced back to win the next three 25-16, 25-12 and 25-20. JoJo Kruize led the team with 11 kills and eight digs, and Shiloh Peleras had 10 kills and six blocks.
At the Southern Nevada Tournament last weekend, CSI beat Laramie in straight sets. This time around, with a matchup against top-ranked Miami-Dade Community College looming, head coach Heidi Cartisser said it took a set for the Golden Eagles to refocus on the task at hand.
“We were probably looking ahead to the Miami-Dade game in that first set. We started out a little slow, but once we understand that we couldn’t take anything for granted, we picked up our game,” Cartisser said.
In game two, CSI split the first two sets with Miami-Dade, losing 25-16 and winning 25-23, but dropped the final two sets 25-19 and 25-20. Kruize again led the team with 14 kills, and Airi Miyabe had 12 kills and 13 digs.
“They were super athletic, and had really good defense. They were athletic and aggressive at the net. We knew this would be a good barometer of where we’re at,” Cartisser said. “When we have a good passing and serving game, we’re right there, but there are some consistencies that we need to work on.”
CSI (6-1) next takes on 15th-ranked Northwest College and Otero College Saturday in day two of the SLCC Tournament.