COLUMBIA — Columbia College completed an impressive first day at the Hampton Inn Classic with two 3-0 sweeps over Robert Morris College and Bethel University on Friday.
The star of the first match was Paula Rosa. The 5-foot-11 senior finished with 15 kills, two more than Bethel's entire team. She didn't let up on the defensive end either, leading the Cougars with eight digs.
"We had a tournament last weekend, and I didn’t play very well," Rosa said after the match Friday. "I felt like I had to prove myself (in the first game)."
The Brazil native was able to overpower Bethel, but things didn't come as easy for her against Robert Morris. She still finished with 10 kills but lacked the dominant presence she had earlier in the day.
Head coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said Rosa's drop-off was a reflection of team's play in the second match.
"Everything steamrolls," she said. "It starts with the pass, then the setter has to better the ball, then the hitter has to do something with it."
Throughout the day, Rosa was the most vocal player on the court, constantly directing the team.
"I feel like since I started playing volleyball, I was always talking," Rosa said about her leadership.
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