DUBUQUE — Still in search of their first Iowa Conference victory, the Duhawks took on Buena Vista last Wednesday night, in a game they lost in the fifth and final set.
After losing the first set, the Duhawks won the next after jumping out to an early lead. The game was tied four different times, but Loras eventually came out victorious, 25-18.
The win looked promising after the Duhawks won match three 25-22, but set four was a completely different story. Buena Vista had their backs against the wall and came out aggressive. The Duhawks never led this set, and lost in convincing fashion 25-15. The fast start, and solid play throughout by Buena Vista forced a match five, with the momentum shifted towards the side of BVU.
In set five, Buena Vista continued their hot play but Loras battled back, eventually knotting the score at seven a piece. The run by the Duhawks was short lived, and Buena Vista pulled ahead to finish the set and win the match, 3-2.
The Duhawks’ luck changed on Tuesday night in Pella, as Loras notched their first Iowa Conference victory of the season over the Central Dutch.
The Duhawks jumped ahead early, taking the first two sets of the match 25-22, and 25-23. In set three, Central came out firing, downing the Duhawks 25-13. Needing to win to stay alive, Central edged out Loras 26-24 in a tightly contested fourth set. The match came down to the fifth and final set, and the Duhawks answered the challenge. The two teams battled back and forth in the deciding set, with Loras ultimately coming out on top by a score of 18-16. The final point was scored by sophomore Danni Kennedy from junior Kara Kentner.
The Duhawks were led by Kentner, who finished with a team-high in kills (18), in assists (30), and blocks (5).
The Duhawks will look to continue their momentum this Friday at the University of Dubuque, where they will face UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville. If the Duhawks hope to make the field of six at the Iowa Conference Tournament, they’ll have to turn in strong performances against Simpson on Oct. 21 and against University of Dubuque on Oct. 29.