Duhawks operate on all cylinders in the 3-set sweep in Rockford
Christa Winders leads the IIAC with 4.94 digs per set
Christa Winders leads the IIAC with 4.94 digs per set
Fri, Sep. 6, 2013 - [Women's Volleyball]

BY Eric Theilacker & Loras College Sports Information

 

Loras, 3

Rockford, 0

(25-15, 25-21, 25-12)

 

Loras College volleyball took on Rockford (University now) on Wednesday night in Rockford, Illinois. They came into Wednesday with a 2-2 record under new coach Jenna Ness. Rockford (1-3) was in for a rude awakening as Loras snagged three sets with strong play up and down the roster.  

 

Set one went the Duhawks way. A big run gave Loras an early 9-5 lead. Rockford slowly came back into the game knotting the score at 13. After the Duhawks buckled down to regain the lead, Loras rattled off seven straight points to secure a 25-15 victory.

 

Set two was an early battle as teams traded points until the Regents gained a slight advantage. The Duhawks looked to regroup with a timeout as Rockford began to pull away with a 10-5 lead. After back-and-forth scoring, Loras bounced back with a four point streak started by an intense volley. The Duhawks took the lead 17-16 on a ball handling error and did not look back. Rockford looked to settle down with a timeout trailing 20-17, but Loras powered through winning the second set 25-21.

 

After two hard fought sets, Loras outplayed Rockford in set three. The Duhawks jumped out to an early 5-0 lead giving them an early advantage. The Regents were scrambling at this point after scrapping their way through the first two sets, calling a timeout as Loras pulled away with a score of 10-4. The Duhawks maintained a safe 17-8 lead as Rockford called their second timeout of the set. Loras continued to show no signs of letting up as they defeated the Regents in set three 25-12.

 

Tara Blake and Megan Beauchamp each put down 10 kills. Shawn Rielly posted 31 assists and Christa Winders led the defense with 20 digs. The Duhawks hit .211 for the match.

 

"Our girls were mentally focused throughout," head coach Jenna Ness said after the match.

 

"We're learning how to play consistently and how to finish games."

 

The Duhawks (3-2) resume play in the Knox College Prairie Fire Tournament on Saturday, September 7th as they take on Knox College and MacMurray College.