On Saturday the Lincoln College Volleyball team participated in a triangular set of matches at Moraine Valley Community College. LC opened up the event with a match against Joliet Junior College. Lincoln played strong defensively and used a balanced offensive attack to defeat JJC in three sets (25-18, 25-17, 25-22). In the second match, the Lady Lynx got off to a rough start against the undefeated and nationally ranked Moraine Valley Cyclones (#4), losing the first set 25-12. In sets two and three Lincoln (10-9) was able to rally and hang with MVCC most of the way, but eventually fell in both sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-18.
Event Stat Totals:
Jenna Merkel 21 kills 10 points 9 digs
Morgan Lesher 21 kills 4 points 11 digs
Vicky Arriola 53 set assists 5 points 17 digs
Taylor Hewitt 23 digs 5 points
Kelly Anderson 10 kills 12 blocks
Beth Daniels 5 kills 12 blocks
Alyssa Morales 8 digs 15 points
Jordan Michaels 8 digs
Kristin Davis 2 kills
TaKesha Hughes 1 block
Allie Haffner 1 point
LC Coach Mark Tippett: Today’s matches illustrated pretty well where we fit in to the volleyball scene at this point in the season. We have the talent to dominate a match against a quality opponent like Joliet, and, while we may not be ready to defeat a top ten team like MVCC, we can certainly hang with them. JJC had good athletes and they attacked the ball well, but our defense has improved greatly this season and we were able to wear them down in each set and eventually take charge. This is a big improvement over where we were a couple weeks ago when we were finding ways to lose to teams like Joliet or having to struggle against our own mistakes to get the win. However, the Moriane Valley match showed we have a lot of work to do in order to challenge the top teams in the nation. The good news is that we had flashes of real brilliance in that match. There were several points where we took their best shots and turned them into transition swings for our offense. The difference was that we just made too many unforced errors, passing mistakes, and communication errors while they played a much cleaner game. I am confident that if we continue to improve at the pace we have thus far, by the end of the season we will be in a position to do better than just keep the scores close with the best teams in the nation.
Lincoln College plays next on Wednesday evening at Lincoln Land Community College.