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LWC Volleyball dominates Cumberland and Shawnee State

By Brady Budke

A dominating day of volleyball saw No. 23 Lindsey Wilson earn a pair of Mid-South Conference three-set sweeps at Biggers Sports Center over Cumberland (Tenn.) and Shawnee State (Ohio).

The two wins today make it five matches in a row that LWC has won in three-set fashion. The team jumps up to 13-2 overall on the season, including a 10-1 mark in the MSC.

Match One: Lindsey Wilson - 3 | Cumberland - 0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-21)
The Blue Raiders easily took down the Phoenix in match one of the day.

On offense, Alexis Smith garnered a team-high 15 kills in the match, followed by Radaisy Valdez who had seven. Camryn Rich recorded 31 of the teams 33 total assists.

Defensively, Lauren Larzelere led the way with 16 digs while Abby Grubbs and Natalie Ackerman added nine, respectively.

Set one was all LWC from the start, who jumped out ahead 15-5. The Blue Raiders eventually reached the 20-point mark before the Phoenix could even manage 10 points in return. Lindsey Wilson spiraled the comfortable lead into the 25-12 set victory.

In set two, Lindsey Wilson leaped forward once again, this time with a 16-5 advantage. LWC notched 20 points in the set while Cumberland collected just 11 in response. Much like the first set, the Blue Raiders finished strong in the 25-14 set two victory.

With just one chance remaining, CU refused to give up. The Phoenix went head-to-head with Lindsey Wilson in set three, trailing by just one point (13-12) at the halfway mark. Cumberland would claim a 17-15 lead, but it was short lived, as LWC produced a 6-0 scoring run to go up 21-17. This run helped propel the Blue Raiders to the 25-21 set victory and the three-set sweep.

Match Two: Lindsey Wilson - 3 | Shawnee State - 0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-21)
Much like the first match of the day, Lindsey Wilson claimed another three-set sweep at Biggers Sports Center, this time over Shawnee State.

The trio of Madison Bidwell, Alix Stoermer, and Smith led the Blue Raiders with 10 kills, respectively. Rich once again produced a team-high in assists, tallying 33. Larzelere also led again in digs on defense, this time with 13.

Set one began as a single-digit back and forth battle, but saw LWC break loose for a 15-10 edge. The Blue Raiders accomplished a 5-1 scoring run to hit the 20-point mark and never looked back in the 25-15 set win.

Now down a set to the No. 23 ranked team, Shawnee State clawed its way out to an 18-13 lead in set two. However, Lindsey Wilson weathered the storm by going on an 8-0 scoring run to regain the lead and shift the momentum. The Bears could not stop the surge from the Blue Raiders, who won its second set of the match by a score of 25-20.

The third and final set saw LWC pull ahead by as much as four points early on. The Blue Raiders used this small lead well, keeping the Bears away from the lead as the set moved into the closing stages. Despite a final effort from SSU, Lindsey Wilson earned the victory with a 25-21 set victory.

The No. 23 Lindsey Wilson volleyball team is set to return to action on Thursday, March 25, to battle Martin Methodist (Tenn.) at Biggers Sports Center beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

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