LCU volleyball opens season with 3 wins
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[September 04, 2013]
The Lincoln Christian University
volleyball team ended their 2012 season by placing in the Final Four at
the NCCAA II national tournament in Orlando, Fla. This year, as LCU
prepares to host the national tournament, the volleyball team looks to
improve on that finish, beginning the season with three wins out of four
games over the weekend.
Friday night, LCU played host to Moody Bible Institute. LCU used the
match to start the season with a bang, dominating Moody in all
aspects. LCU won in three sets with scores of 25-7, 25-9 and 25-11.
All 14 players on LCU's roster were able to record playing time. LCU
junior Alicia Carson (Gobles, Mich./Bloomingdale High) picked up
where she left off last year, recording 15 kills on the night.
Freshman outside hitter Abbey Akre (Newark/Newark Community High)
followed up Carson with nine kills of her own, along with 11 digs.
On Saturday, the LCU volleyball team traveled to Monmouth for the
Monmouth Volleyball Invitational. LCU had another successful day, as
they went 2-1.
In their first match, they squared off against Knox College. LCU
won in three straight sets with scores of 25-21, 25-14, 25-14.
Carson led in kills again with 11, while Akre and senior Emily
Sheley (Lincoln/Lincoln Community High) were right behind her with
10 kills each. Junior libero Emma Donnelly (Clinton/Clinton High)
recorded 27 digs.
In their second match, LCU faced off against Iowa Wesleyan
College. Last year when LCU and Iowa Wesleyan faced off, IWC handled
LCU mightily by winning in three straight sets. This year was
different, as LCU beat IWC in three straight sets with scores of
26-24, 25-16 and 25-22. LCU was solid as a team, with Carson, Akre
and Sheley leading the way with nine kills each. Senior setter
Hannah Taylor (Mishawaka, Ind./Jimtown High) also recorded four
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In the final match of the weekend, LCU went toe-to-toe with
Monmouth College. The game went to five sets, with Monmouth
pulling away with the victory but having to fight hard to get
it. LCU lost the match with scores of 25-11, 24-26, 19-25, 25-22
and 14-16. In this match, Carson stepped up big by recording 20
kills, while Akre followed with 10. Donnelly recorded 42 digs.
LCU volleyball will return to the court this week on Friday and
Saturday as they host the Red Lions Invitational at the Gaston Arena
in LCU's Laughlin Center. LCU will face off against Johnson
University at 3 p.m. Friday and face No. 5-ranked Manhattan
Christian College at 7 p.m. On Saturday, LCU will square off against
Grace University at noon and play No. 8 Ohio Christian University at
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