On Tuesday, the Lincoln College Volleyball team won in thrilling fashion for the second match in a row. LC hosted the Greenville JV team in a match that went five sets. Lincoln opened up the contest with a convincing 25-18 win, but Greeneville got even by taking set two 22-25. In set three, Greeneville played even better as they won the set 20-25. Lincoln continued to struggle in set four and the Lady Lynx were trialing 14-19 when they finally got going. After a sideout on a double block set by freshman middle hitter Lauren Wendt (Effingham) and sophomore right side hitter Jenna Harcharik (Streator), sophomore left side hitter Destiny Adkins (Metamora) went behind the service line and scored five straight points to give LC the lead. Lincoln held on to win the set 25-20 and force a deciding set to 15. In the finale, the two teams battled their way to a score of 8-8. Lincoln took command at that point behind several strong kills from freshman leftside hitter Katie Jordan (Peoria) and the blocking of sophomore middle hitter Sierra Wilson (Chicago Heights) and freshman right side hitter Niani Lewis (Bloomington). Lincoln won the set 15-10 and improved their record to 4-2 on the year.
Destiny Adkins 17 kills, 8 digs, 7 points
Jenna Harcharik 11 kills, 2 blocks
Jessa Coker 18 set assists, 5 digs
Mariana Rogers 34 digs, 7 points
Ally Lawson 17 points, 14 digs
Niani Lewis 5 kills, 3 blocks
Lauren Wendt 6 blocks, 5 points
Sierra Wilson 7 kills, 4 blocks
Katie Jordan 9 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks
Ashley Robinson 18 set assists, 4 digs
Haley Stagen 2 kills
Kayla Dierker 4 Digs
Cassie Jennings 10 digs, 8 set assists
LC Head Coach Mark Tippett: When teams at this level are evenly matched, it certainly makes for a fun and exciting event. Today’s match was a great example of this. Both teams played hard and we were fortunate to come away with the win. After controlling set one, we had trouble getting anything going against Greeneville for about an hour. Our players stayed confident in each other when it would have been easy to throw in the towel. I was quite impressed with the choices made by our setters and the confidence with which our hitters were swinging in set five. It would be nice to not have to go to a fifth set to get a win, but if we proved anything in our last two outings it’s that our players are not afraid to play aggressively at the end of a match.
LC travels to Springfield to play Lincoln Land CC on Wednesday evening.