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LWC Volleyball has 2 straight-set sweeps at Vette City

By Christopher Coombs

Bowling Green, KY - The Lindsey Wilson volleyball team bounced back from yesterday's loss to produce two straight-set sweeps against IU Southeast (IN) and Reinhardt (IN) on the final day of the Vette City Classic.

The Blue Raiders defeated the Grenadiers 3-0 (25-10,25-13,25-17) and the Eagles 3-0 (25-9,25-14,26-24). The wins move LWC to 3-1 on the season with three clean sweeps.

Lindsey Wilson 3 | IU Southeast 0 | (25-10,25-13,25-17)
The Blue Raiders rolled in the opening set to a 25-10 win. Lindsey Wilson produced three separate scoring runs of five or more consecutive points after taking a 6-4 early. Their longest point streak produced six straight as they also scored the final five-point of the set to easily claim the first point.

Lindsey Wilson trailed for the first time in the match after dropping the first point of the second set. That led to a back-and-forth battle that featured four ties to a 9-9 score. LWC outscored the Grenadiers 12-2, to a 21-11 lead, conceding only two points to IU Southeast via service errors over the span. The Blue Raiders took the set 25-13.

Lindsey Wilson continued their dominance in the third set, pushing the pace to a 25-17 win. LWC produced 16 kills and a .350 hitting percentage in the set, both marks were set-highs.

The Blue Raiders finished the contest with 35 kills and a .316 hitting percentage. The LWC defensive effort limited the Grenadiers to 25 kills and a -.009 hitting percentage. Lindsey Wilson produced 11 blocks for the match to IU Southeasts two.

Johanna Alcantara finished with a match-high 10 kills and three blocks to go along with a .625 hitting percentage. Camryn Rich grabbed her first double-double of the season with 30 assists - a match-high -- and 10 digs. Lauren Larzelere managed a team-high 18 digs.

Lindsey Wilson 3 | Reinhardt 0 | (25-9,25-14,26-24)
The Blue Raiders picked up their third sweep of the season with a 3-0 win against Reinhardt in their final match of the Vette City Classic.

Lindsey Wilson had a strong performance in the first set, producing 14 kills and opening on a 14-3 run. The effort produced a 25-9 first set win. Alcantara helped contribute nine kills in the set, finishing with a match-high of 17 in the contest. The Blue Raiders had a .519 hitting percentage, their best set hitting percentage of the year.

The second set was back-and-forth early, with LWC leading by no more than four points to a 12-10 advantage. Lindsey Wilson finished on a 13-4 run to secure the win at 25-14. The Blue Raiders forced the Eagles into seven hitting errors in the set.

Lindsey Wilson trailed by as many as six points three times in the third set and found themselves down 17-13 late in the action. The Blue Raiders rattled off a 5-1 scoring spurt to tie the match at 18. Reinhardt regained the lead at 22-18 and later at set point 24-21 but the Blue Raiders secured five straight points to close out the match with an impressive third set comeback.

Rich finished the match with 36 assists as Larzelere managed 12 digs. Both were a match-high. Valdez was the only other Blue Raider with double-digit kills, finishing with 12.

The Blue Raiders travel to Owensboro, Ky., on Tuesday to face Brescia (Ky.) in their first road competition of the season. The first serve is slated for 6pmCT.

This story was posted on 2021-08-22 10:50:28
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