Duhawks prevail in back-and-forth crosstown matchup
Thu, Oct. 6, 2011 - [Women's Volleyball]

Loras 3, Clarke 2

 

Twice in 2011 the Loras College volleyball team has won five-set matches. Both happened to be against the two local NCAA and NAIA colleges within Dubuque's city limits, and both occurred "on the road".

 

On Tuesday, the Duhawks knocked off the Clarke University Crusaders in the season's most entertaining win.

 

Loras won the first set with 13 kills while Clarke hit just .022, resulting in a 25-21 early lead for the road team. The set was tied 12 times - as late as 18-18 - before the Duhawks outscored Clarke 7-3 to close the set. Kaity Frost had three kills in that stretch and assisted on a block with Kirsten Schultz.

 

Clarke's best set of the night was the second one, when the score turned out the same, 25-21. The Crusaders committed just three errors in set two while building leads of 10-5 and 20-15. Loras was within two points at 22-20, but Meghan Harrison helped Clarke to even the match.

 

Set three went to Loras. Clarke again committed just three errors, but the Duhawks posted their best offensive effort, putting down 17 kills and hitting .333. Once Loras took the lead and broke a 9-9 tie, they went on to win another 25-21 set.

 

Loras' eight errors were costly in set four, as Clarke again bounced back to tie the match. This time, Clarke broke the 18-18 tie to take late control.

 

Set five provided more heartache for the home team, as the Duhawks caught up to tie the match at 5-5. The Duhawks opened an 11-7 lead before Clarke took a timeout, which paid off, as the Crusaders rallied to tie the match at 12-12.

 

Somewhat fittingly, the Duhawks got their final two kills from local products. Cassie Crabill made it 13-12 before the teams alternated errors. At 14-13 Kenzie Goedken closed things out with Julie Rogers' 44thassist to earn Loras the 15-13 set win and 3-2 victory.

 

The Duhawks will be off this weekend as they prepare for their return to the AWC for Pink Night. Loras (3-2 in IIAC) will host Central (4-1 in IIAC) at 7:30 PM in their sixth Iowa Conference match of the year. Last weekend, the Dutch hosted and defeated Loras as part of their tournament in Pella, 3-1.