Tue, Sep. 13, 2011 - [Volleyball]
The Loras College volleyball team made the short trip to Platteville, Wisconsin over the weekend to play in the UW-Platteville Invitational.
On Friday, the Duhawks took a tough loss in five sets to the host Pioneers and rebounded to sweep Monmouth. On Saturday, they lost to Millikin but also defeated Edgewood.
UWP 3, Loras 2
The Duhawks won the first two sets – which were decided by a combined seven points. The host Pioneers responded with a convincing 25-15 win in the third set. They made it 2-2 after a 25-21 fourth set victory – sending it to the shorter fifth set. This time, the Pioneers built on the momentum of the previous two sets to win 15-12.
Three Duhawks reached double digit kills. Kenzie Goedken led the way with 13, Regan Riley added 12, and Kaity Frost had 10. Riley and Goedken also reached double digits in the dig column.
Kayla Balke, Julie Rogers, and Cassie Crabill all logged solo blocks.
Loras 3, Monmouth 0
The Duhawks win on Friday wasn't without its own drama, beginning with the first set which the Duhawks won 27-25. Loras edged the Scots thanks to winning the battles on blocks, digs, and overcame 20 errors to earn the win.
Sets two and three weren't much easier, finishing 25-22 and 25-23 in favor of the purple and gold.
Riley and Goedken again paced the offense with 15 and 13 kills, respectively. Julie Rogers had 38 assists on 47 kills. Anna Wernimont emerged in the back row with 18 digs.
Millikin 3, Loras 0
The Big Blue hit at a .413 clip on Saturday to send the Duhawks back into the loss column. Loras' offense never got going thanks to eight blocks by Millikin and the 17 errors they posted – adding four more errors when serving.
Kaity Frost's nine kills were the most by any Duhawk.
Loras 3, Edgewood 1
Regan Riley dominated the Loras/Edgewood match, tying Loras' second best single match kills effort with 27 kills. She committed just one error on 46 attempts and she hit .565 in the four-set match. Riley also added 13 digs.
Anna Wernimont was also stellar on defense, keeping up 26 opponent attacks with digs.
The Eagles won the second set, 26-24, with the Duhawks winning sets one, three, and four. The fourth set was the most convincing win, 25-12.
"We're learning a lot during these weekends about where we're at and what we need to work on," head coach Teresa Kehe said at the conclusion of the weekend.
"I think our newcomers are developing a comfort zone and are starting to make some significant contributions," Kehe added.
"We're excited about getting into the conference schedule, too. We stayed focused after the long trip and earned a road win. This week will be another test of how far we've come at this point in year."
The Duhawks are now 4-5 heading into their Tuesday night contest down the street at the University of Dubuque. First serve is 7:30 PM. The Duhawks are 1-0 in league play after sweeping the Buena Vista Beavers last week. Dubuque was idle last week, and opening their IIAC slate with Tuesday night's show down.