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LWC Volleyball season ends after 5-set loss to Concordia

By Kyle Jackson

Sioux City, IA - The Lindsey Wilson volleyball team lost 3-2 in a five-set match against No. 10 Concordia (NE) in game two of their NAIA Pool Play matches this evening. The Blue Raiders lost game one of pool play 3-0 against Marian (IN) earlier today.

The loss concludes the 2020 season for the Blue Raiders and knocks them out of the 2020 NAIA tournament.

As the game began, it was a tight one between both teams. The Bulldogs and Blue Raiders swapped the lead a total of six times in the first set before the Blue Raiders eventually took it 25-23. Even though the Bulldogs were dominant with 18 kills to the Blue Raiders 14, Lindsey Wilson still found a way to dig deep and get the opening round win in set one.

Everything was looking up for Lindsey Wilson as the Blue Raiders got off to an 8-0 run to begin the second set. The Blue Raiders were dominant for a large majority of the set, holding a lead all the way up until the Bulldogs tied it at 22-22. Madison Bidwell got a kill late to tie it again at 24-24 and help fend off the Bulldog momentum, but it was not enough as Concordia walked away with a 26-24 win in set two to tie the game at 1-1.

Into the third set, roles reversed with the Bulldogs keeping a two-point lead throughout the first ten points. The Blue Raiders tied things up at 10-10 from a Bidwell kill as both sides went on to tie 12 more times in the set, including three match point opportunities. The Bulldogs emerged the victors , however, taking set three 28-26 on an error.

The Blue Raiders were not ready to roll over yet, as they dominated the fourth set, not allowing Concordia to lead at all throughout the set. Radaisy Valdez got a couple of kills to keep Lindsey Wilson ahead as they won the fourth set 27-25 after a kill from Bidwell and tie the match 2-2.

Concordia were ready to get the win into the fifth set, opening with a 6-1 run, forcing Lindsey Wilson into an early timeout to begin the set. The Blue Raiders tried to get back into it, but the Bulldogs were not making life easy, keeping a commanding lead to win the set 15-10 and win the match 3-2.

Madison Bidwell led the Blue Raiders with 16 kills on the evening while Alexis Smith recorded 14 kills and Valdez put down 11 kills. Camryn Rich collected 47 assists and 28 digs tonight while Lauren Larzelere led the Blue Raiders with 29 digs. As a team, the Blue Raiders were out killed by the Bulldogs 82-60 with the Bulldogs leading in assists, 79-56, and digs, 125-113.

The Blue Raiders conclude the 2020 season with a 22-5 overall record, going 14-2 in Mid-South Conference play and winning the 2020 Mid-South Conference Tournament for the sixth season in a row.

This story was posted on 2021-04-28 07:00:53
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