Fri, Sep. 7, 2012 - [Volleyball]
By Jim Naprtsek, Asst. Sports Information Director
Wm. Penn, 3
Sisters can be the best of friends, or worst enemies. In sophomore Shawn Rielly's case, it's a rivalry with her older sister, Katie Rielly a senior outside hitter for William Penn. In previous matchups, Katie has garnered the edge, so Wednesday night's match had a little bit more on the line for Shawn, since it would be the last time the sisters could compete against each other.
"Last night was our last chance to play each other because it is her senior year so it was kind of a bitter-sweet night," Rielly said on Thursday, "Unfortunately, she does have bragging rights in the Rielly household, but we will get even someday!"
After dropping the first two sets 23-25 and 20-25, Loras knew that they needed to clean up their play if they wanted a fighting chance.
"We got off to a slow start and spent most of the first two sets on the defensive as we struggled with passing both off serve receive and in digging their attack," Coach Teresa Kehe said. "Once our passing was on track, we were able to execute a stronger attack at the net and provide better ball control."
Those changes resulted in the Duhawks taking sets three and four, by a score of 25-16 and 25-16. Senior Regan Riley led Loras on the night in kills with 22 and added 17 digs. Shawn Rielly continued to showcase her skill with 45 assists and 17 digs. Sophomore Micaela Mertens anchored the defense with 19 digs of her own.
Despite these stat lines, Loras could not hold off the fifth set surge from William Penn, and would drop the final set 15-11.
Loras travels across the river to Platteville, Wisconsin for the UW-P Invitational Tournament this weekend. There, they will play the hosts, St. Norbert, Edgewood, and Ripon.
Loras' 2012 record now sits at 3-2.