College volleyball team wins 2nd championship of the season
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[September 21, 2009]
OGLESBY -- On Saturday, the Lincoln College
volleyball team earned their
second tournament championship of the season. LC defeated Division
I power John A. Logan Community College in a thrilling five-set match
to win the Illinois Valley Community College Invitational.
LC began the day with pool play victories against
Joliet Junior College (25-15, 25-14, 15-25, 25-17) and
hosts IVCC (25-21, 25-22, 25-19). The wins placed the
Lady Lynx first in their pool and set up their
championship match with JAL.
In the opening set of the final, Logan jumped out to an
early lead behind a very strong offensive attack. LC was
on the defensive the whole time and fell 16-25. The
Lady Lynx regrouped in set two and were able to contain
JAL's hitters well enough to earn a 25-23 win.
their confidence restored, Lincoln used the momentum
swing to take command in set three and win it 25-19. Things went sour in set four, though, as Logan returned to
form and defeated LC 14-25.
This set up a deciding set to 15 for the
championship. The teams traded sideouts all way up to
8-8, at which point Lincoln took an 11-9 lead behind
aggressive front-row play and strong defensive
performances from several tired volleyball players.
LC held on to their advantage to win the match and
the tournament by a score of 15-11. Lincoln improved
their overall record to 12-5.
Sophomores Gretchen Rieger, Melanie Herbeck
and Chelsea Barr each earned spots on the all-tournament
-- 70 set assists, 27 points
-- 41 kills, 13 digs, 20 points
-- 26 digs, 12 points
-- 20 kills, 8 blocks
-- 22 kills, 8 digs
-- 11 kills, 17 blocks
-- 8 kills, 5 blocks
Kaylah Murphy -- 16 points,
[to top of second column]
LC coach Mark Tippett said: "I could not have asked for
a more focused effort from my team than the one I got
today. I was especially impressed by the way we handled
ourselves after JAL came out and kicked our tails in set
one of the final. A lot of teams would have
given up on themselves after a nine-point loss such as
that, but we have learned that in this game it doesn't
matter if you lose a set by a lot or a little, the next
set will start out 0-0, so there is always hope.
defense really stepped up in set two, which created more opportunities for us to score points off of our
serve, which was the big problem in set one. Once we got
that win, our confidence level rose and set three was a
"Fatigue may have been a factor in set
four because we seemed a step slow in all areas. Once
the score got away from us, we were able to rest a few
players and focus on the final set to 15. In that set
our defense and passing stepped up again to force Logan
into some long volleys, which we were able to push
through and win. Our team worked very hard to win this
tournament, and we all had a lot of fun doing it."
LC travels to play conference foe Shawnee Community
College on Tuesday.
[Text from file received from Mark Tippett,
College volleyball coach]