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Record-breaking roommates

Photograph by Lara Rodriguez (From left) Emily Duran, Alex Shurtz and Lindsay Quigley have set the record books ablaze this semester.
Photograph by Lara Rodriguez
(From left) Emily Duran, Alex Shurtz and Lindsay Quigley have set the record books ablaze this semester.

Please check your records at the door. If they enter this house, they will be broken.

Juniors Emily Duran, Lindsay Quigley and senior Alex Shurtz, who just happen to be roommates, are rewriting the record books for the Chico State volleyball team.

All are ranked in the top three in various all-time categories. Duran was ranked third in digs per set at 3.64, Shurtz is second in total kills at 1,429 and Quigley is first in all-time in hitting percentage at .343. Additionally, Duran is ranked 10th all-time in career digs at 874 and Shurtz is third in solo blocks with 78.

Freshman Torey Thompson is also challenging records. She’s holds the third-place spot in assists per set, with 11.46.

Being near the top of the record books is exciting, Duran said.

“We have had a lot of good players here, so it’s a cool thing to be a part of.”

Duran is a former Orion staff member.

Shurtz said it’s gratifying to be in the company of volleyball greats she’s played with.

“It’s really cool because those are the girls I looked up to as a freshman,” she said.

Shurtz, the elder of the group, didn’t know if she would even start in college, much less make history, she said. Now, in her final season, she attributes her success to having to jump into a starting role as a freshman.

“It was sink or swim,” Shurtz said. “The fact that I had to start forced me to be the big hitter from day one. It helped me become the player I am now.”Records

On the court, the three have grown into leadership roles. While none of them are extremely vocal, they have become leaders by example, Shurtz said.

The trio’s success all begins with Duran. She honed her skills in part by using the memories of missed digs as motivation to get them the next time around.

The technique seems to work, Shurtz said.

“I feel very comfortable with her digging behind me,” Quigley said. “I know she is going to give a great pass. And that helps out both Alex and I.”

Duran’s digs set up opportunities for Quigley and Shurtz, even though the two have different attacking styles.

Shurtz isn’t a high jumper. She relies on her strength to send the ball flying. Quigley, on the other hand, can elevate high above the net.

“I probably get way more excited than Lindsay does when she gets a kill,” Shurtz said. “She jumps out of the gym and can literally dent the floor. I get so excited when she gets a kill.”

All three of the roommates are quick to say that while the records are nice, team success is most important.

While Shurtz, Quigley and Thompson do incredible things, the entire team is very good, Duran said. Everyone is important, as shown by the team’s victory over Sonoma State.

“We beat the No. 14th ranked team in the nation,” Duran said. “When we can all bring that together, we can do big things.”


Nick Woodard can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @NWoodard25

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