Volleyball dominating conference 4-0
Not only was Loras successful at home but also on the road. The Loras College women’s volleyball team traveled west Friday, Oct. 11 to Buena Vista University where the Duhawks toppled the Beavers in a five set thriller. Then, on Saturday Oct. 12, Loras turned around to defeat Nebraska Wesleyan University in another five set nail-bitter. Both were American Rivers Conference game wins which will help the team get a higher seed when it comes to the conference tournament.
Moving to Storm Lake, Iowa, one player’s performance shattered the record books. Sophomore libero Krystal Tranel tallied a total of 41 digs which was enough to carve her way into the record books, where she sits with the second all-time for a five-set single-match digs.
The Duhawk’s offense was fairly spread out along the front-row hitters. The team was led by senior middle hitter Kelly Boge with 14 kills. Senior outside hitter Kendra Cave was hot on Boge’s heels with 12 kills. Senior outside hitter Kayla Kinney totaled 11 kills while junior middle hitter Jackie Alberto added six.
Loras College started strong by dominating the first set, taking the Beavers 25-10. However, the Beavers battled back in the second set by crawling their way out of a sweep with 25-20 win. Duhawks flipped the switch in the third set and took set three 25-21. Once again, the Beavers refuse to be silent and took set four with authority 25-17. Loras then wrapped up the game with no more nonsense and took set five 15-10.
Moving to Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, Alberto earned her way into the limelight by leading the team with 16 kills against the Prairie Wolves. Alberto raved a .379 attacking percentage while receiving help from her teammates. Cave tallied 14 kills and Kinney 11. Even though the game went to five sets, Loras led in kills, blocks, and digs.
“For how badly we want to go far this year, being away for homecoming isn’t that big of a deal,” said Alberto. “When we’re having fun together and we’re passionate about what we’re doing, [missing homecoming] really wasn’t going through my head at all.”
Nebraska Wesleyan got the jump on Loras in the first set winning 25-22. The second set was a battle as Loras took it by winning 25-23. Things start to look good for the Prairie Wolves in the third set as the Duhawks fell 25-14. However, Loras would bounce back and win out the next two sets 25-20 and 15-8. After the weekend, Tranel and Alberto earned A-R-C player of the week.
“I was surprised!” said Alberto. “It felt really good especially after a tough weekend on the road. I honestly am just thankful for all my teammates for making that possible.”
The Loras College women’s volleyball team will be home this weekend for another American Rivers Conference matchup against Wartburg College. The game will be in the Athletic and Wellness Center on Saturday at 1 p.m.