Women's Volleyball Goes 2-1 in Weekend Play
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[September 11, 2018]
The Lincoln College Women’s Volleyball team started the weekend with
a tough, four-set loss at home on Friday evening but finished on a
high note by sweeping both matches played on Saturday at the Calumet
College of St. Joseph Invite.
On Friday, Lincoln hosted Lindenwood-Belleville University (NAIA).
The Lady Lynx got off to a strong start in the match by taking set
one 25-21 then jumped out to a 13-7 advantage in set two. At that
point things started to turn in Lindenwood’s favor. After a pair of
3-0 runs, LBU caught up to LC at 15-15. From there the two teams
battled back and forth with Lindewood eventually coming out on top
LBU used the momentum from their set two comeback win to take the
next two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-17 to end the match.
The offensive leaders for Lincoln in the match included junior right
side hitter Mikayla Seibert (Mackinaw) with a team high 14 kills,
junior outside hitter Kaylyn Hoffert (Lincoln) had 12 kills and
junior right side Mattie Giese (Highland Park) tallied ten kills in
the match. Setters Emma Derry (Augustana) and Morgan Lolling
(Lincoln) combined for 41 total set assists and sophomore Megan
Gilliam (Waterloo) had a team-high 14 digs.
Lincoln Coach Mark Tippett saw positive signs despite the loss. “We
had our full team on the floor for the first time this season and
had some success against a very strong opponent,” said Tippett. “We
showed we were able to compete with a team that hits well and plays
defense with intensity. Lindenwood did a nice job of cutting down on
their errors and showed us the kind of consistency it takes to win
at this level,” he added.
Lincoln did not have much time to dwell on the Friday evening loss
to LBU as they traveled to Whiting, Indiana on Saturday morning for
a triangular set of matches hosted by Calumet College of St. Joseph
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LC libero Megan Gilliam
In LC’s first match of the day, they faced Moody Bible Institute
(NAIA). The Lady Lynx used a balanced offensive attack and
consistent serving to win set one 25-20. In set two, Moody responded
with a strong defensive effort to keep the score close and force
Lincoln to go extra points to win the set 26-24. Set three was all
Lady Lynx as they cruised to a 25-15 win to end the match.
In the final match of the day, LC took on the host school and was
again able to win the match in three sets. Calumet started off
strong at the net, recording two points on blocks, but LC quickly
adjusted their approach to find ways to score. Setters Emma Derry
and Morgan Lolling kept the Calumet defense guessing and
consistently took advantage of mismatches to find open hitters. The
Lady Lynx stayed in control throughout the match to win by scores of
25-19, 25-9, 25-22.
“Our effort from start to finish today was strong,” said Coach
Tippett. “It was great to see our offense run as smoothly as it did
and our defensive intensity was where it needed to be to win longer
rallies, which is a really good sign for the future.”
Overall statistical leaders for Lincoln at the event included Kaylyn
Hoffett with a team-high 27 kills and Mattie Giese who collected 25
kills. Mikayla Seibert had 14 kills, junior middle hitter Elysa
Smith (Metamora) had 9 kills and right side Hannah Cameron (Lincoln)
recorded 7 kills in her first varsity action of the season. Emma
Derry led the team in set assists with 50 while Morgan Lolling had
23. Libero Megan Gilliam led the team in digs with 22, and senior
defensive specialist Melanie Murray (Chicago) had 12 digs.
Lincoln (3-7) will next play at home this Wednesday evening at 7:00
PM against Harris Stowe University.