Duhawks win marathon 5-setter over Dubuque
Julie Rogers had five aces and 43 assists Tuesday night
Julie Rogers had five aces and 43 assists Tuesday night
Wed, Sep. 14, 2011 - [Women's Volleyball]

Loras 3, Dubuque 2


The Loras College women's volleyball team was looking to continue their positive start to the 2011 Iowa Conference volleyball season on Tuesday night on their short road trip to the University of Dubuque.


Loras started IIAC play after making the longest road trip to Storm Lake, Iowa last week and sweeping the Beavers, 3-0. Tuesday, it was the shortest trip the league slate offers and a much different path to a road win.


Loras dropped the opening set to the Spartans 25-19 after hitting just .070 – but that would be their least productive offensive set on the night.


Things picked up quickly in sets two and three – with the Duhawks tallying 16 and 11 kills, respectively.


The see-saw battle continued in the fourth set where the Duhawks committed six errors in a match-high 55 attempts while Dubuque clawed their way to a 26-24 win, forcing a decisive fifth set.


Loras took control of that set early and grinded out another Iowa Conference victory in the process, winning the fifth set 15-7.


Individually, Kaity Frost led the offense with 19 kills and just three errors in 43 attempts – good for a .372 percentage. She made it a double-double with 16 digs. Kenzie Goedken and Regan Riley each added 14 kills. The trio accounted for 47 of the Duhawks' 62 kills.


Julie Rogers also proved to be a triple threat – sending up 43 assists, digging up 20 Spartan attacks, and adding five aces. Riley claimed team high honors in the digs department with 22.


Loras used a total of 103 digs on the night to keep the Spartans offense from finding a rhythm, and, by contrast, recorded just one block on the night.


The Duhawks will host their first home game of 2011 on Friday night in the Athletics and Wellness Center at 7:30 PM against their third IIAC foe of the year – Wartburg College. Both teams are off to a 2-0 start.