On Saturday, the Lincoln College Volleyball team hosted a triangular set of matches. In the first match of the day, Lincoln faced Region 24 opponent Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC). SWIC looked strong early taking the first two sets of the match by scores of 25-19 and 25-17. However, in set three the Lady Lynx started playing with more purpose and fought their way back into the match by winning set three 25-23 and again winning 25-23 in set four. With the momentum on their side, the Lady Lynx cruised to a 15-8 set five win. In later action, Lincoln faced Oakton Community College, a team LC lost to in three sets on the opening weekend of the season. This time, however, LC would come out on top with a four set win (26-24, 18-25, 25-15, 25-18). With the victories, Lincoln improves to 12-10 on the year.
Jenna Merkel 23 kills 14 points 13 digs
Morgan Lesher 24 kills 19 points 13 digs
Vicky Arriola 60 set assists 18 points
Taylor Hewitt 30 digs
Kelly Anderson 17 kills 9 blocks
Beth Daniels 11 kills 10 blocks
Alyssa Morales 10 digs 9 points
Kristin Davis 3 kills 4 blocks
LC Coach Mark Tippett: I don’t think many people who saw the start of the SWIC match would have given us much of a chance to win it. We came out flat, slow, and playing sloppy volleyball in the first two sets. Somewhere in set three though things turned around and we started siding out effectively which gave us a chance to get back in the match. By the middle of set four, we had regained our confidence and were able to dominate them in set five. Pretty amazing stuff, but it points out once again what a factor momentum can be and that this game is designed for momentum swings. The Oakton match was an enjoyable win as well due to the fact that we lost to OCC earlier in the season. This is a good indicator that we are improving as the season goes on and that just because we lost to a team once does not mean we can’t get them the second time around. Overall, it was a great day for LC and one that our players should feel proud of.
Lincoln College will host two more home matches this week. On Tuesday evening they will take on Illinois Central College in another significant Region 24 match, and on Thursday they will play Carl Sandburg College.