Duhawks sweep Simpson for first home win of 2013
Thu, Oct. 17, 2013 - [Women's Volleyball]

Loras, 3

Simpson, 0

(25-23, 25-22, 25-21)


The third time was the charm for the Duhawk volleyball team on Wednesday night, when they defeated Simpson College, 3-0. After falling twice to league leaders Wartburg and Coe to start the home portion of the schedule the Loras team handed out a sweep of their own in their third home match of 2013.


Each of the three sets produced tied scores late in the frames, but Loras prevailed each time. 


The Duhawks took the first timeout of the night when Simpson opened an early lead, but it was the late charge by Loras that proved the difference in the first set. The final two points broke a 23-23 tie and came after a sprawling dig from Meghan Beauchamp and a convincing kill from Tara Blake. Set #2 saw the Duhawks separate themselves in the latter stages before holding on for a 25-22 win. There wasn't much room for error in the final set either, with a few ties in the middle portions of the set. Loras performed well down the stretch of the third set to claim the victory over the Storm.


Individually, Kara Grant hit a strong .321 on the night and led the way with 11 kills. She added four digs. After Grant, Tara Blake (8), Megan Beauchamp (7), and Shawn Rielly (6) combined for 21 kills of the 35 Loras put down. Rielly led the way with 27 assists from her setter role. Christa Winders led Wednesday night's very effective defense with 19 digs. Blake, Rielly, and Courtney Boyd each had double digits digs.


"I thought we blocked really well tonight, which I was happy to see since we've been working on it quite a bit the last couple weeks," head coach Jenna Ness said after the game. "We were also aggressive with our serving tonight, which always helps to get a team out of their system at times."


"I'm glad the home fans were able to see us get a win," Ness added. "We played together tonight and were able to find a rhythm. I'm proud of how the team played."


The Duhawks also hosted "Think Pink" night in the AWC, which included raffle prizes and multiple tables on the concourse with information about women's health and wellness from local health care providers. Proceeds from the raffle and other donations are being handed over to the Maria House and the Visiting Nurses Association, both in Dubuque. 


The Duhawks hit .230 on the night and Simpson hit .188. The win put the Duhawks alone in third place in the IIAC standings at 3-2, with Buena Vista and Central waiting on the schedule in October. This weekend, the Duhawks open the AWC doors for the Loras College Invitational beginning at 2:00 PM on Friday.