The Duhawk women’s volleyball team completed their season on Friday, Oct. 27, with a victory over Iowa Wesleyan, 3-0.
“Our women came out with a purpose, and they did a really nice job of getting the other team out of system,” said head coach Jenna Ness. “We were able to end the season on a really high and positive note.”
The senior night opened with the honoring of their two seniors. Haley Bergan and Morgan Potts.
“They’re two very special individuals that made a huge impact on the program,” said Ness.
Prior to the nonconference victory, the Duhawks faced Luther on Tuesday, Oct. 24, which was the determiner for a spot in the IIAC Tournament. This tough battled match went to the Norse, 3-1.
“We went in first set and unfortunately missed a lot of serves,” said Ness. “All season really we’ve been able to win matches from the service line and lose matches from the service line, and in that situation we were aggressive but weren’t executing.”
The first set went to Luther, 25-19 before the Duhawks rallied to take the second set 25-22. Sets three and four swing to the Norse with scores of 25-16 and 25-17.
“We couldn’t get them out of system as much as we wanted which really allowed them to get their middle going,” said Ness. “She was able to tear apart our defense a little bit in sets three and four.”
Though this match didn’t completely lock Loras out of the tournament, a Prairie Wolf victory over Simpson sealed the spot for Nebraska Wesleyan. With those teams still competing after the Loras match made for an “awkward” post-game.
“We talked a lot about how it wasn’t this match that determined our fate; it was back in October when we needed to play better and execute and that point in the season.”
Graduating just two seniors potentially puts the Duhawks in good shape for upcoming years.
“Our women know and understand that they have work to do this offseason, knowing that as much as they did and how much they worked this year didn’t get them the results the wanted,” said Ness. “They know that they have to buy into and love the process until the process loves them back.”