Lincoln, IL – Over the weekend, the Lincoln College Volleyball team played three home matches and the Lady Lynx were able to run the table by winning all three.  The most thrilling match of the weekend was played Friday evening as LC hosted Region 24 foe Rend Lake College.  Lincoln struggled in the first two sets dropping them by identical scores of 20-25 and 20-25.  It looked as though the Warriors were going to finish off the Lynx in three sets as they took a late 21-24 lead, however, a block by LC sophomore Lauren Wendt extended the game then Wendt served two points to tie the score at 24.  After a Wendt serving error,  RL had another chance to end the match, but LC front row players Peyton Jones and Aira Hanson teamed up for a block to give Lincoln another chance.  After a Rend Lake sideout, Jones joined fellow freshman Gina Moore to again deny RLC the win with a block to force another tie at 26-26.  A Warrior hitting error gave LC their first set point opportunity which freshman outside hitter Kenzie Cooper made the most of with a kill down the line giving LC the set win 28-26.  Lincoln kept the momentum in set four and rolled to a 25-14 win setting up a deciding game to 15.  Lincoln got the first two points of the set on serves from sophomore setter Cassie Jennings and was able to maintain a two point lead through most of the set.  Lincoln was up 14-11 when Rend Lake made a late surge to tie the score at 14.  A kill by Cooper gave the Lynx another match point opportunity and, after a long rally, a block by Moore sealed the come-from-behind victory for LC.

On Saturday, Lincoln stayed hot against Lincoln Trail College, easily handling them in three sets (25-14, 25-10, 25- 16).  In the final match of the day, LC faced the St. Ambrose JV squad for the second time this season.  Eight days earlier, St. Ambrose defeated Lincoln in three close sets.  The Lady Lynx got their revenge this time, by winning the match in straight sets 25-20, 25-21, and 25-21.  Lincoln improved their record on the year to 6-4.

LC Stat Totals:
Kenzie Cooper  43 kills, 21 digs
Katie Jordan  23 kills, 14 points
Cassie Jennings  50 set assists, 22 points
Gina Moore  19 kills, 6 blocks
Lauren Wendt  11 kills, 15 blocks
Ashley Robinson  20 points, 38 set assists
Peyton Jones  11 kills, 12 blocks
Kayla Dierker  30 digs. 7 points
Aira Hanson  8 kills, 6 blocks
Brighton Robbins  18 digs, 8 points
Kassy Dammerman  13 digs, 11 points
Colbi Schertz  6 kills, 3 blocks

LC Coach Mark Tippett:  This turned out to be an incredible weekend of volleyball.  We played poorly in the first two sets against Rend Lake, but our players never gave up and just kept fighting.  We started playing tougher on defense and passing more balls to target in set three.  However, when Rend Lake went up 24-21, I don’t think many who watched the match gave us much of a chance to win.  I have to admit, mentally, I was already working on what to say to the team after the loss, but our players just would not let them have match point.  Five times they denied them the win then showed a great degree of mental toughness to get the job done and win the match.  I was proud of them and super impressed with the effort.  On Saturday, our passers really stepped up their game and everything started to click.  Lincoln Trail is in only their second season, so they had a hard time competing, but the St. Ambrose match was a quality win against a very good program.  We lost to them at their place about a week ago, but looked like a completely different team this time.  I am very pleased with the amount of growth our players have shown and excited to see how good this group can get.

LC continues their home stand on Wednesday evening with a 6:00 pm match against Robert Morris College of Peoria.  The match will be a benefit night to raise funds for the ALS Research Foundation.