Strength in service: Tough at point of attack

The women’s volleyball team hit a hot streak this weekend taking down both Nebraska Wesleyan and Buena Vista, both without the need for a fifth match. Both victories were conference matches which bring the Duhawk record to 2-2 in conference and 13-7 overall heading into the latter half of the season.

To kick off the weekend, the women faced 5-10 Nebraska Wesleyan, taking the win in four sets. Despite losing the first set 25-17, the Duhawks racked up an impressive 58 kills throughout the match, 17 of which belonged to senior outside Jenna LaCorte, allowing the sweep of the second, third, and fourth sets 25-21, 25-18, and 25-22. Though the teams suffered from a total of six attacking errors in the first set, Loras came back strong in a series of long-winded scoring runs in the second set, fueling the rest of the match.

“We lost the first set, but we were able to come back and really connect in the next three sets,” said Head Coach Jenna Ness.

The high moment in the AWC carried over to Saturday’s afternoon match against the 10-8 Buena Vista Beavers. Staking claim early, the women quickly took a 12-5 lead in the first set, rounding it out with strong serves from first-year Krystal Tranel who also posted 44 digs for the weekend.

“Saturday we came out strong,” said Ness. “We started serving tough from the beginning, went on a couple big runs, and ended up winning in three.

Loras continued to string together points, forcing the Beavers to regroup before the Duhawks took the match 25-19, 25-23, and 25-16 for the sweep.

“We’ve been working on some specific things in practice that we put into play in both matches, which was really fun to see them be successful at something we’ve been working hard on,” said Ness. “We were making some great plays on defense… we were able to turn the middle ball and transition to the attack a lot faster.”

Loras posted a total of seven aces against the Beavers, two of which were owned by junior Abby Allgeyer, who also claimed six kills to add to LaCorte’s 14, and the team’s total 45. Senior Jenna Mazur also reached her 700 career dig during the match.

“We do believe that serving wins us matches and we were able to take care of our first ball contact as well,” said Ness, “so our passing in serve-receive and on defense, we were able to take care of the ball.”

The Duhawks will next face the Wartburg Knights on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Waverly before tackling three big conference matches in the following weeks.

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