MEDFORD - Senior Cate Desler (pictured, left) of the Jumbo volleyball team and sophomore Corey Marley of the Tufts men's tennis team and were named Jumbo Athletes of the Week on Monday.
Desler was immense when the Jumbo volleyball team defeated #3 in the nation Trinity College (Texas) in five sets on Saturday at Cousens Gymnasium. She scored 25 kills with just five errors on 52 attempts for a .385 hitting percentage. She also contributed defensively with 12 digs and a block assist. The fifth set was tied 17-17 before Desler brought home the victory with back-to-back kills. She also tallied the winning point in the third set giving the Jumbos a 2-1 lead. The victory is one of, if not the biggest in Jumbo volleyball history. In Friday night’s four-set Tufts win against Coast Guard, Desler finished with 17 kills. She then had eight more versus Trinity in a three-set NESCAC win earlier on Saturday to finish the week with 50 total (4.17 per set). Desler served two aces and had 10 digs in the Coast Guard match and finished the week with three aces and 27 digs (2.25 per set) overall.
At the Wallach Invitational hosted by Bates College October 9-10, Marley won the D singles title and also joined with freshman teammate Vuk Vuksanovic to earn the B double crown. Seeded third in the singles bracket, Marley had a first-round bye and then defeated Zach Ostrow from Amherst College 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals on Saturday. He won in Sunday’s semifinal round 6-1, 6-4 versus James Liam Dun from host Bates. Ironically, he played Tufts teammate and classmate Oliver Obeid in the championship match and won 4-6, 6-3, 10-3. In doubles, the Jumbo pair shut out (8-0) their first opponents from Colby and then won 8-6 in the quarterfinals versus a Skidmore duo on Saturday. Tufts had three different doubles teams in the B semifinals on Sunday, and Marley-Vuksanovic defeated Jack Moldenhauer and Obeid in the semis (8-5) and then #1 seed Rishabh Sharda and Dylan Glickman in the final (8-3).