Duhawks start 2013 2-2 under Ness
Tara Blake/Fr./Crystal Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic earned All-Tournament honors in her first college event
Tara Blake/Fr./Crystal Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic earned All-Tournament honors in her first college event
Mon, Sep. 2, 2013 - [Women's Volleyball]

The Loras College volleyball team kicked off their 2013 campaign at Augustana College over the weekend and claimed their first two wins of the year. Both came over SLIAC competition – Fontbonne and Westminster. 

 

"I was very proud of the team throughout the weekend with the effort, leadership, and mental toughness shown," head coach Jenna Ness said after the tournament. "They really started to mesh well together."

 

Things started on a dramatic note with a five-set slugfest with NAIA member St. Ambrose. The Duhawks won sets one and three, and forced extra points in Set 4 before falling 26-24. The deciding set went to the Bees, 15-9. Loras bounced back with a 3-1 win over Westminster in the nightcap. The Duhawks took sets one, three, and four on their way to the first win of 2013. Tara Blake led the way with 18 kills and Christa Winders kept up 28 digs against Westminster.

 

Saturday's opener provided Loras' first sweep of an opponent – Fontbonne. The Duhawks held the opposition to 19 kills and 19 errors while putting down 45 kills of their own. This time Danielle Kennedy led the attack with 14 kills on 16 attempts with no errors. Loras hit .379 for the match. Loras closed with a 3-1 loss to the hosts from Augustana. Each team scored in the 20's in all four sets, but the Vikings held an advantage in digs and aces to help win the races to 25 points.

 

Loras won the first set of all four matches and 174 kills over the weekend (11 per set) and left Rock Island, Illinois with a .212 attack percentage. Tara Blake, Liz Jendra, and Danielle Kennedy each logged over 30 kills.

 

Tara Blake earned All-Tournament honors at the conclusion of the event. FULL EVENT PAGE HERE

 

"The younger players stepped into roles when we needed them to and our upperclassmen helped give them the confidence to do so," Ness said following the event.

 

"This week we'll build on our strengths and work to improve the other areas."

 

The Duhawks are in Rockford on Wednesday night and head to Knox College on Saturday for the Prairie Fire Tournament.