ST. PAUL, Minn. – Thanks in part to stellar hitting from senior middle hitter Jessa Youso (Virginia, Minn./Virginia)—who had 19 kills in 35 attempts without a single error over the course of the day—the Carleton College volleyball swept their second straight doubleheader, this time posting straight-set wins over Presentation College and University of Dubuque in straight sets. Youso will be named to the six-player all-tournament team. The Knights improved to 10-3 on the season.
From the start, Carleton had little trouble dealing with the Saints of Presentation winning 25-12, 25-15, and 25-20. Youso and Sarah Nielsen (Sr./Altoona, Wis./Altoona) combined to record 17 kills and no errors in 30 attacks. Sami Kemper (Jr./Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) came off the bench to hit .600 as the Knights hit .508 as a team. That’s the highest hitting percentage by a Carleton squad since establishing the program record by hitting .744 against Mt. Senario on Sept. 14, 2011.
Camille Benson (Fy./Savage, Minn./Burnsville) paced the team with 12 digs and added a stunning five aces, while Alicia Flatt (So./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) tallied 32 more assists.
Carleton continued its dominance in the day’s second match against the University of Dubuque. En route to winning 25-21, 25-10, 25-9, the Knights once again controlled play up front, hitting .356 compared to .214 for the Spartans. Youso hit .545 (12 kills, 0 erors, 22 attempts) but was bested by Halls clip of .615.
The Knights recorded a season-best 12 aces, including four by Benson and three by Youso. Flatt notched 33 assists, while Benson and Ashley Shin (Fy./Stanford, Calif./Palo Alto) led the team in digs, each with 17.
"I'm thrilled with how the team played this weekend,” reflected head coach Heidi Jaynes. “Besides going 4-0, we had several individuals improve in areas that we worked on this week in practice. We hope to continue our intensity and focus heading into our first home conference matches this week."
Carleton will look to keep the momentum going as they have a tough assignment for the home opener on Wednesday, Sept 19 when No. 8 University of St. Thomas visits West Gym. That contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m.