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CC Volleyball on 18-game winning streak, #2 in national polls

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If winning is contagious then these women are down right sick.

18 up and 18 down; no one has beaten the Colorado College Volleyball team so far this season. 

The 18-game winning streak is the longest winning streak in program history and they are now up to #2 in the latest Division 3 poll, their highest ranking in program history

"We know we're good and have a lot of talent and depth on this team but we can always get better," Lizzy Counts said, the National D3 player of the week. "Every day in practice we come in with the express purpose of getting better."

"You know every once in a while you have to stop and take in our view and enjoy it especially with so much that's going on in the world lately," said head coach Rick Swan. "There is so much that can distract you and set you back. When you're doing something fun and great you have to remember to enjoy every minute of it." 

"We are very happy wit our accomplishments but we know there is a long road ahead of us, a lot of volleyball to play," Aria Dudley said. "We aren't letting it get to our heads and take each game one at a time."

Their next game is against Colorado Christian, Wednesday night in Lakewood. 

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Release from CC Athletics on Lizzy Counts being named the D3 National Player of the Week

Sophomore setter Lizzy Counts, who led the Colorado College volleyball team to victories over No. 4 Trinity University and No. 5 Southwestern University last weekend, was selected the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week.

It marks the second time Counts has received the award during her first two collegiate seasons and the fourth overall award for the CC volleyball program.

On Monday, Counts also was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this year.

“We’re excited for Lizzy,” head coach Rick Swan said. “She does a fantastic job running the offense and has a knack for making the right choice at the right time.

“Lizzy is very competitive and brings great leadership to the court.”

During Saturday’s three-set win against Trinity, she hit a season-high .800 with four kills on five attacks, dished out 33 assists and recorded nine digs.

In Sunday’s come-from-behind win over Southwestern, the Tigers overcame a 10-5 deficit in the fifth set when Counts set seven consecutive kills to give CC a 12-10 lead. She finished with single-match highs of 14 digs and four aces against Southwestern, and matched her previous best of seven kills.

During the last match of the weekend at Texas Lutheran University, she dished out a season-high 52 assists against the Bulldogs on their home court.

For the week, Counts hit .722 with 13 kills on 18 attacks without an error.

Her national honor is the 10th for an SCAC student-athlete, however she is the first in conference history to receive the award twice.

With their four victories last week, the second-ranked Tigers improved to 18-0 and set the program record for consecutive wins to begin a season. The previous mark of 17 was set in 2013 when CC finished with a ledger of 35-5 and advanced to the regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

Colorado College, which leads the SCAC with a 7-0 league record, returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 4, when the Tigers visit Division II Colorado Christian University for a non-conference match.

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