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LWC Volleyball sweeps Life and Reinhardt

By Kyrin Mayfield

Marietta, GA - Following a three-set loss to Martin Methodist on Friday, the No. 23 Lindsey Wilson volleyball team returned to the court on Saturday and responded by taking down Life (GA) and No. 25 Reinhardt (GA) in straight sets.

LWC vs LU: 3-0

After hitting just .108 against the RedHawks the night prior, the Blue Raiders put that performance in the rearview mirror and came out firing in the first set against Life (20-6, 5-3 Mid-South Conference) with a .500 hit percentage.

Lindsey Wilson stretched a 4-3 lead to a 16-7 advantage fueled by three kills in a row from Alexis Smith, a pair of spikes by Madison Bidwell, and four Running Eagle mishaps. The Blue Raiders kept their distance from Life and secured the first set when Radaisy Valdez smacked the ball down to the court for a 25-16 win.

Set two saw Lindsey Wilson execute well on the defensive side to hold the Running Eagles to just eight kills with six attack errors for a hitting percentage of .054. Both teams traded points early on and were tied 3-3, but the Blue Raiders pulled away once again. Three mis-hits by Life helped shoot Lindsey Wilson's lead up to 10-4.

Autumn Proctor notched back-to-back kills following two errors by the Running Eagles for a 4-0 Blue Raider run to move the lead to 16-6. Life then scored five straight points to cut the deficit in half. Fortunately, Lindsey Wilson kept its distance for the remainder of the set to win 25-17.

In set three, the Running Eagles used three kills in a row to edge ahead 5-2 but lost the advantage after a service error and two attacking errors. A few rallies later had Life back on top 10-6 when Lindsey Wilson committed its own serving and attacking errors.

The Blue Raiders fought back and took a 13-12 lead after Camryn Rich's ace. It was a back-and-forth battle from there on out, as neither squad could find more than two points of separation in the remainder of the set. However, Lindsey Wilson nudged ahead 24-22 and won the third and final set when Proctor's spike clipped a Running Eagles' arm and went out of play for the 25th point.

Smith led the team in kills with 12. Lauren Larzelere recorded 22 digs while Rich finished with 31 assists.

LWC vs RU: 3-0
Reinhardt (16-3, 16-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) used precise serving to get ahead early in the first set. Three aces from Alma Vazquez-Nunez aided in a 5-0 run by the Eagles to go up 10-5. Soon after, two Blue Raider kills and a pair of attack errors from Reinhardt had the set tied at 11-11.

Peyton Johnston notched two aces in a row to help Lindsey Wilson eventually claim an 18-17 lead. One rally later, Smith recorded three of the ensuing four kills to push the Blue Raiders up 22-18. The final three points went on Lindsey Wilson's side of the scoreboard as the Blue Raiders took set one 25-19.

Lindsey Wilson pulled away earlier in set two. Locked at 7-7, the Blue Raiders outscored the Eagles 11-2 over the following 13 rallies with three kills from Bidwell in that span.

Up 18-9, Lindsey Wilson kept the lead to a minimum of six through the remainder of the set. A service error by Vazquez-Nunez handed the Blue Raiders a 25-15 win. Lindsey Wilson went without recording an attack error in the entire second set.

Reinhardt knew it needed to win out and tried its best to set the tone in the third set. The Eagles managed a five-point lead for the first half and were on top 16-11.

In just a few minutes, that lead was erased. Valdez had two kills to help bring the Blue Raiders back in the set and tie it at 16-16. From that moment on, Lindsey Wilson took control. The Blue Raiders scored eight of the final ten points to win 25-19 and earn a sweep, the team's second of the day.

Smith once again led the squad in kills with 16, which matched her season-high. Larzelere (18), Johnston (13) and Bidwell (10) each managed double-digit digs, while Johnson put up five aces for eight total over the two games. Rich barely bested her assist count in the first match with 32 in match two.

Lindsey Wilson (10-2, 7-1 MSC) heads to McKenzie, Tenn., for a contest against Bethel (TN) on Thursday, March 18, at 7pmCT to end the four-game road trip.

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