On Wednesday evening, the Lincoln College Volleyball team hosted nationally ranked Lincoln Land CC (#5).  The Lady Lynx showed no signs of intimidation in the early going as they battled their way to a 22-22 tie score in set one, but a sideout and two quick points ended the set in Lincoln Land’s favor 25-22.  In set two the teams traded sideouts and small leads all the way up to 14-14 when Lincoln went on a 3-0 run to grab the lead then held on for a 26-24 set win.  However, in sets three and four, Lincoln Land served their way to large leads and did not let LC back in the match with set wins of 25-15 and 25-13.  The loss dropped Lincoln’s record on the year to 9-8.

LC Stat Totals:
Kenzie Cooper  11 kills, 6 points
Aira Hanson  6 kills, 7 blocks
Katie Jordan  4 kills, 5 digs
Cassie Jennings  15 set assists, 6 points
Brighton Robbins  12 digs, 1 point
Gina Moore  4 kills, 1 block
Lauren Wendt  4 points, 3 blocks
Ashley Robinson  5 points, 9 set assists
Peyton Jones  4 kills, 7 blocks
Kayla Dierker  3 digs, 4 points

LC Coach Mark Tippett: Tonight we showed that we have what it takes to compete against a top tier program.  The first two sets were well played by both teams.  We passed the ball well off of serve receive, and our blockers did a great job of controlling the net.  In the last two sets, Lincoln Land just played a more consistent game than we did and were able to outlast us on a few long rallies.  We could not respond with runs of points on our side, so the scores got a little lopsided.  I was proud of the way our team kept competing against them though, and I look forward to a rematch in a couple of weeks at the MWAC Tournament.

Lincoln travels to East Peoria on Friday evening to take on ICC and on Saturday the team will host a triangular set of matches.  LC will play Frontier CC at 11:00 AM and Oakton CC at 3:00.