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.