Volleyball team jumps to 13-4 overall record

The women’s volleyball team is off to an strong start this season, boasting a 13-4 record overall and winning all three of its matches against teams ranked in the top 25 in NCAA Division III.

The Duhawks also opened conference play Tuesday by sweeping Coe in straight sets, a complete reversal from the result a year ago. 

Loras also competed at the Coe College Tournament this past weekend, winning two of their three matches. To start off the weekend, the Duhawks defeated Saint Mary’s University in a five-set match. 

Junior middle blocker Jackie Alberto blocks a shot by the Coe offense in the second set of Loras’ conference opener Tuesday night. Duhawks swept the Kohawks, 25-14, 25-15 and 26-24.

During the first set, the Cardinals jumped out with an early 5-1 lead, but the Duhawks answered with four kills by senior Kendra Cave and a service ace to grab the lead. 

Loras won the first and third sets, but the Cardinals forced a fifth and decisive set by a convincing 25-13 margin in the fourth set. The Duhawks then sweated out a tight 16-14 battle in the final set.

The Duhawks had little trouble with Carleton  to begin the second day of the tournament. After sweeping Carleton, Loras faced off against St. Olaf. This match turned into a five-set nail-biter. In the end, it was a reversal of fortunes for the Duhawks, who found themselves on the opposite end of a 16-14 final set. 

Nonetheless, the Duhawks are optimistic about the upcoming conference season. Senior Kelly Boge and junior Jackie Alberto are in the middle positions alongside players like Cave and sophomore Moira Mixan, who reportedly is a formidable weapon, particularly when serving.

On Saturday, the Duhawks will have their hands full when they host the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at noon and 2 p.m., respectively, at the AWC.

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