Lincoln Land entered the match with an
impressive 29-7 record and has been ranked as high as No. 12 this
season in the NJCAA national poll. Despite their underdog status, LC
outlasted LLCC to earn the victory in a thrilling five-set match.
Lincoln took the early advantage with a 25-10 route in set
one. Lincoln Land responded with a 25-17 win of their own to even
the match. The Lady Lynx captured set three by a score of 25-16, but
they were unable to close out the match as the Loggers took set four
The stage was set for a deciding game to 15. LC took an early
lead and maintained a three-point advantage up until the side switch
at 8-5. At this point Lincoln Land came alive to tie the match
at 8. The two teams traded sideouts all the way up to
13-13. Lincoln then ran off the next two points on kills by Lara
"The BB" Dawson and Gretchen "Big Red" Rieger to send the crowd that
packed the Davidson-Sheffer Gymnasium home happy.
Lincoln improved their record to 23-11 and 4-3 in MWAC play.
Melanie "The Chef"
Herbeck -- 40 set assists, 12 points, 5 aces
Gretchen "Big Red"
Rieger -- 14 kills, 13 digs, 11 points
Lara "The BB" Dawson
-- 14 kills, 3 points, 1 ace
Chelsea "The Cannon"
Barr -- 16 digs, 7 points, 3 aces
Natalia "The Blonde
Bomber" Florczyk -- 6 kills, 9 points
Abbie "Ms. Zero" Hare
-- 8 kills, 4 blocks
Chocolate" Murphy -- 8 digs
Emily "Foxy Lady" Fox
-- 9 points, 2 digs
Danielle "Lefty" Stephenson -- 4
kills, 2 blocks
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Comments from LC Coach Mark Tippett: “Wow,
what a match. I could not be more proud of the effort our players
gave to win tonight. LLCC has a very athletic team with a lot of
height, and they have had a great season. We managed to take them
out of their game with some very aggressive serving and a
disciplined defensive effort. Our passing game was really on
tonight, which gave our setter, Melanie Herbeck, a chance to run the
offense and keep our attack balanced. This is the kind of win that
should give us a lot of confidence as we head into the final matches
of our schedule and the postseason.”
Lincoln will continue their homestand with two matches on
Saturday. The first will be a 10 a.m. match against Joliet Junior
College. At 2 p.m. the Lynx will take on Lewis & Clark
College. Prior to the afternoon match LC will honor their sophomore
players and their parents.
[Text from file received from Mark Tippett,
College volleyball coach]