Volleyball sweeps the Norse

The Loras College Women’s Volleyball team took on their second conference opponent on Friday, Oct. 4, against Luther College. The Norse, who were picked fourth in the American Rivers Conference preseason poll, entered the match with a record of 5-15. They hoped to even their conference record of 1-2 with a victory over the Duhawks. However, the Duhawks intended to gain their second conference win to make their record 2-0 in the American Rivers Conference. 

Loras came out with a powerful mindset, and ended up sweeping the Norse 3-0, winning the match. Senior Kendra Cave led the Duhawks to victory with a total of 14 kills throughout the match. The Norse didn’t make it easy for the Duhawks, though. In the first set, Norse had the lead for a majority of the time. However, Loras was 14-5 on the season for a reason, and ended up battling back. The Duhawks went on a 6 point run to tie the set at 21. They did not settle for even though, and extended that to a 10 point run to take the first set, 25-21.

The next couple sets went in a similar fashion, with a close score. In the second, both teams came charged with adrenaline after the first battle.  Loras ended up with another win, thanks to an impressive offensive performance which allowed the setter, senior Jessalyn Roling, to have 31 assists on the day. Even after the Duhawks took the second set 25-20, the Norse did not accept defeat. The last set was an intense battle, which drew the Norse to a timeout at 17-16. After sophomore Krystal Tranel’s second service ace in a row, the Duhawks had it tied at 17. Then Luther made a couple more errors that the Duhawks capitalized on and Norse took another timeout with the score at 21-21. Thanks to an impressive defensive showing from senior Kelly Boge with 2 blocks, and Tranel with 24 digs, the Duhawks took the third set 26-24.

Loras College will play next at Storm Lake to take on another conference match against Buena Vista on Friday, Oct. 11. The Duhawks hope to continue their undefeated streak in conference play, and secure a spot at number 1 in the American Rivers Conference standings.

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