Women's Volleyball Finishes Fifth at USCAA National Championships
November 11, 2011
Louisville, Ky. – The Lindenwood University – Belleville Women’s Volleyball team wrapped up play today at the USCAA National Championships with a fifth-place overall finish.
After dropping their first three sets in pool play, the Lady Lynx battled back to defeat RMU-Springfield (25-19, 26-24) and Penn State-Fayette in a one-set playoff tiebreaker, 26-24, advancing them to the first round of championship play on Friday.
“We came out real slow on the first day of play, facing the returning champions from last year in our second match,” said Head Coach Chrissy Willard. “But today, we were a completely different team.”
LU-Belleville picked up the momentum on day two of competition, moving on to face Spalding University, the host school for this year’s championships. It was a tight match between the two teams, but LU-B fell just short in a back-and-forth four-set battle (8-25, 25-19, 23-25, 19-25). Madison Farrier and Emily Randazzo were bright spots against Spalding, with Randazzo recording an impressive 15 kills in one set.
“We’re only a second year program, there have been a lot of ups and downs,” said Willard. “But today we ended by playing the best volleyball we’ve played all year, and that makes me excited for next season.”
The Lady Lynx will return with a familiar roster next season, losing only three seniors. The team wraps up the season with a 15-12 overall record, with two players among the top statistical leaders in the nation. Sophomore Kayla Tripod led the nation in digs per set, while setter Ali Junge ranked 2nd in assists per set. Willard says she is proud of her team and looks to take this season’s experience into next year, specifically building on what she saw in the final match of the tournament.
“Not only did we prove to everyone that we should be here this year, but we made them scared for us next year and that’s what we wanted to do,” said Willard. “It’s difficult to go from such a tough first day at a tournament, and end up playing the best volleyball yet this season. It takes a mature team to do that.”Related Items:
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