Tue, Sep. 6, 2011 - [Volleyball]
The Loras College volleyball team once again began their season in Winona, Minnesota at the Sugar Loaf Classic – the opening weekend tournament hosted by St. Mary's University, Minnesota. The Duhawks went 1-3 on the weekend. Each match finished 3-0, including the Loras/St. Mary's match which included two sets that required the extra win-by-two-points format.
#10 St. Thomas 3, Loras 0
The Duhawks dropped their opening match of 2011 to the #10-ranked Tommies of the University of St. Thomas on Friday.
Regan Riley logged a team high seven kills while Cassie Crabill, Kenzie Goedken, and Kaity Frost all logged respectable hitting percentages in the season opener. Goedken also chipped in with three aces. Julie Rogers had 16 assists in her return to the setter position.
The Duhawks recorded just one block to Tommies' five. Two Tommies reached double digit kills and the team hit an impressive .368 for the match.
Loras 3, Finlandia 0
The Duhawks sweep of Finlandia was the result of a much improved attack that included a team hitting percentage of .380.
Kaity Frost put down a team high 11 kills, followed by Cassie Crabill's seven and Kenzie Goedken's six. Regan Riley and Julie Rogers each had five. Rogers was especially productive, going 5-for-5 from her setter position – where she also helped with 21 assists.
Kenzie Goedken scored seven points via the ace to put an exclamation point on her night.
Finlandia struggled on the attack, committing 15 errors while logging 11 kills.
St. Mary's 3, Loras 0
The hosts provided the Duhawks with the most heartache on the weekend, claiming victory in the first two sets 27-25 and 28-26. They followed with three-set sweep in the form of a 25-18 win.
Both Regan Riley and Kaity Frost reached double digits in kills and Julie Rogers reached the 30-assist plateau for the first time in the loss. Riley also had 13 digs.
Kara Grant led the Cardinals with 11 kills and 17 digs.
Nebraska Wesleyan 3, Loras 0
The Duhawks committed 15 costly errors in their three-set loss to a well-respected Nebraska Wesleyan team in Saturday's finale.
Four Duhawks recorded at least five kills, but the .098 hitting percentage wasn't enough to keep pace with a Prairie Wolves team that posted 72 digs, five blocks, and eight aces.
Regan Riley and Anna Wernimont each had 14 digs for the Duhawks in the loss.
Loras opens Iowa Conference play next with the long road trip to Buena Vista on Wednesday night. They'll stay closer to home this weekend when they travel to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the Pioneers' tournament.
The first home match for the Duhawks will be on September 16 when the Wartburg Knights come to town.