LC Volleyball First Home Match
On Wednesday the Lincoln College volleyball team played their first home match of the year against MWAC and Region 24 foe, Lewis & Clark College.
The match lasted over two hours and saw Lincoln come away with a thrilling five set victory. Lincoln College (2-5) played a sloppy first set and dropped it 26-28, but rebounded to take set two 25-22. In set three Lincoln never got going and trailed from start to finish, eventually falling 16-25. After a slow start in set four, the Lady Lynx offense got going behind the direction of sophomore setter Vicky Arriola (Romeoville, IL) and several big kills from sophomore outside hitter Jenna Merkel (Harvel, IL). LC won the set 25-19 to force a deciding set to 15. Lincoln carried the momentum into the final set and jumped out to an 8-4 lead, but a late charge saw the Trailblazers come back to tie the set at 13-13. On the next play, Lincoln freshman middle hitter LaTasha Fizer (Romeoville, IL) delivered a kill to put the Lady Lynx in position to win the match. Her freshman classmate, Morgan Lesher (Brownsburg, IN), finished the job with an ace serve to seal the victory.
Jenna Merkel 12 kills 4 points 8 digs
Morgan Lesher 6 kills 9 points 10 digs
LaTasha Fizer 10 kills 2 blocks
Vicky Arriola 27 set assists 10 points
Taylor Hewitt 15 digs 4 points
Kelly Anderson 5 kills 2 blocks
Beth Daniels 4 kills 4 blocks
Alli Haffner 4 digs 6 points
Jordan Michaels 3 digs 5 points
LC Coach Mark Tippett: Tonight’s match proved once again what a roller coaster ride Junior College volleyball can be. We had points in the match where we looked very sharp and made smart decisions. At other times we made life easy on our opponents with unforced errors and poor choices. This group showed that they are not going to let a bad play or even a bad set get them down. They proved to me that they will fight to the finish, which is a fantastic quality for a coach to see in their team. This win was significant in that it gives us a victory over a Region 24 opponent which should help us later in the year when we seed the Region 24 post-season tournament. It also should give us some momentum and confidence going into the four home matches we have coming up this weekend.
Lincoln College hosts the 3rd annual Hampton Inn Classic this weekend. On Friday, Lincoln plays at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. On Saturday, the Lynx will begin action at 9:00am and play again at 1:00pm.