Volleyball team digs in for conference play

 

Junior Taylor Serrano celebrates with her fellow Duhawks after scoring a point against Luther.
Junior Taylor Serrano celebrates with her fellow Duhawks after scoring a point against Luther.

DUBUQUE — The Duhawks went 2-1 in last weekend’s St. Kate’s Invitational Tournament in St. Paul, MN. On Friday, the ladies split their two games, winning 3-0 against St. Catherine before losing a close one to St. Olaf, 3-2. 

On Saturday, the Duhawks woke up early to take on Hamline, and won the match, 3-1.

Sophomore Danni Kennedy had a weekend to remember. Providing a spark early and often, Kennedy averaged 3.00 kills per set, and hit .333 on the weekend. Her play not only helped the Duhawks finish above .500 in a tournament for the first time this season, but it was also good enough to earn her all-tournament honors.

While Kennedy’s play was instrumental in the successful weekend, she wasn’t the only Duhawk to play well. Sophomore Jenna Erickson and junior Christina Angeli each added double-double to the Duhawks balanced team attack. After a shaky start to the tournament, junior Kara Kentner came on strong. Her team best ninth triple-double on the season (11 kills, 11 assists, 13 digs) capped off a Duhawk victory and the 2-1 tournament record overall.

“The weekend was a positive turning point for the team,” said head coach Jenna Ness. Ness also noted how the girls came ready right out of the gates early in the morning.

On Tuesday night, the Duhawks traveled to Waverly to take on conference opponent Wartburg. The Duhawks came out of the gate quickly, winning the first set in convincing fashion, 25-14. Wartburg surged back however, winning the next two sets 25-16 and 25-21. With their backs against the wall in set four, the Duhawks kept it close for a while, until Wartburg went on a 9-3 run and pulled away to win the match 25-17.

Kennedy led the Duhawks in kills with nine, followed by junior Liz Jendra with eight. Kentner led the team in assists with 20 and added 7 kills.

The Duhawks (6-10) will look to rebound this Friday in the IIAC-NACC Crossover Tournament, where they’ll face off against Benedictine, Lakeland, Edgewood and Dominican.

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