Wed, Nov. 2, 2011 - [Women's Volleyball]
Central 3, Loras 0
Loras was 2-2 in the AWC in 2011 heading into Tuesday night's opening round 2011 Iowa Conference Volleyball Tournament match with the Central College Dutch. One of those wins was over Central on October 11 during the IIAC regular season – which helped Loras earn the home court advantage. The Duhawks were looking to move to 2-2 in the season series with Central and advance to the IIAC semifinals.
The first set provided some efficient offense for both teams, with the Dutch and Duhawks combining for just 11 errors 83 chances. The closely contested set felt like it could have gone either way as the teams traded kills for much of the opening set. In the end, the Dutch's late lead proved insurmountable for the Duhawks, finishing 25-23. Central hit .195 in the first set to the Duhawks' .190.
Set number two ended with the same score line, 25-23 in favor of Central. There were stretches in the second set where each team looked in control, only to have runs halted by errors in the attack game or from the serving line. The Dutch offense was even more efficient in the second set, hitting .371 – including a steady dose of Kiley Meyers for Central who scored five of her nine kills in the middle set. Loras countered with a steady set from Cassie Crabill, who put down six of her eight kills in the middle set.
Loras committed a match high nine errors in set number three, which sealed their fate as Central pulled away early in what turned out to be the decisive set. The fifth seeded Dutch set the ball to the only player who reached double digits in kills on Tuesday, Amy Golly, to get them to the finish line and into the win column.
For the Duhawks, Crabill led the way with eight kills and a .400 attacking percentage. Regan Riley added seven kills and Kenzie Goedken added six. Senior Julie Rogers had 28 assists 17 digs in her final match as the Duhawks' setter. Kaity Frost had five kills and 11 digs in her final match.
The Dutch won the serving battle, 5-3 in aces and the blocking battle, 4-1.
The Duhawks finish 2011 at 10-23 overall. Regan Riley led the team with 330 kills. Rogers finished with 954 assists and exactly 3,100 in her career – good for third on Loras' all-time list. She also led the team with 37 aces. Cassie Crabill and Kaity Frost each eclipsed the 50-blocks mark.
The match was the final one for seniors Julie Rogers, Kaity Frost, and Kelsey Smith, who closed their careers with 81 wins and two Iowa Conference titles.