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Women’s Volleyball Loses on Senior night; Ends Season 18-13 Record

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Senior night came and went in an unfortunately disappointing way for the Lady Reds, but despite the loss, the team finished a solid 18-13 this season. To top it off, the team earned 4th seed in the upcoming College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Women’s Volleyball Tournament, going 5-3 in the league.

Wednesday night, Anna Kinell, ’17, Stephanie Korbakes, ’17, Rachel Mickey, ’17, and Stefanie Romanowski, ’17, were recognized for their time, effort and contributions towards the Lady Reds. All four athletes made significant contributions during their time at Carthage.

In the 31 matches of her final season, Kinell doubled her average kills and points per set of the prior year from 1.00 and 1.09 to 2.17 and 2.31, respectively.

After transferring to Carthage her junior year, Korbakes was named to the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championship All-Tournament team. This season she continued her success, averaging 3.07 points and 2.79 kills per set, also setting a career high points in one game with 22.0 against Illinois Wesleyan back in October.

Mickey and Romanowski both had strong careers as well. This season, Mickey averaged a personal collegiate high 1.38 kills per set, and in the Wheaton College match up, had a season-high 16.5 points. Romanowski led CCIW in blocks (164) and was named to the Second Team All-CCIW honors in 2015. Mickey and Romanowski played in 31 and 26 matches, respectively.

It was an emotional night for the entire team after a thrilling match came down to the wire, though they did not see the results they hoped they would. Wheaton College ended up on top 3-2 after an exhilarating 5 set match as Carthage battled hard even after some large deficits.

At the end of the season, the Lady Reds finished fairly, though it was a step back from last year (overall 35-8 and 5-2 conference). All could have been redeemed in the weekend’s tournament with Friday night’s semifinal matchup against the regular season champion Millikin University. Unfortunately, it was the Big Blue who took the match 3-1, ending the Lady Reds season.

“We were there last year and won, so we hoped it could have been déjà vu all over again,” said Head Coach Leanne Ulmer. “In the tournament you never know what could happen, so we gave it our best shot, but unfortunately lost.”

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