VU Volleyball's win over No. 7 Owens highlights Trailblazers' 2-1 weekend
October 7, 2012
VU now 19-6 after splitting matches with top-10 teams
After stumbling Friday night in its first match of its own Showdown At The Wabash invitational, the Vincennes University Volleyball Team was looking for redemption Saturday on the second and final day of the event at the VU P.E. Complex.
A pair of victories Saturday might not have fully made up for a performance that turned flat over the final four games of Friday’s match against NJCAA Div. II No. 6 Parkland, but the wins over Kellogg (25-6, 25-8, 25-10) and Div. II No. 7 Owens certainly lightened the mood around the program.
When an observer approached VU Coach Brittany Harry after the NJCAA Div. II 13th-ranked Trailblazers had defeated Owens 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-22 in the final match of the Showdown At The Wabash and quipped, “That was a quality win, to say the least,” she responded by saying, “It definitely makes up somewhat for the (26-24, 15-25, 15-25, 20-25) loss last night to Parkland.”
Saturday’s match vs. The Express was also the lone time the Trailblazers (19-6) will face Owens, so it was VU’s sole chance to extract some revenge for Owens’ victory in the two teams’ single meeting last year, Harry added. The coach said she was pleased to see her team play better and with more intensity Saturday after the Friday night effort in which the Trailblazers posted a thrilling come-from-behind win over Parkland in Game 1 and then unraveled the rest of the match. Harry admitted that part of Friday’s problems may have stemmed from VU having an open weekend the week prior to hosting the Showdown At The Wabash.
“We had the weekend off and we may have been a little rusty going into last night,” she said, “but I think we got some of (the team’s sharpness) back today. We still had some unforced errors but we served tough and made plays when we needed to.”
Statistical highlights for the Trailblazers in the win over Owens included:
*Freshman Tatjana Dohmen’s 12 kills and 12 digs,
*Sophomore Tiffany Madura’s eight kills, eight assisted blocks and one solo block,
*Sophomore Lauren Bratcher’s 43 assists and 15 digs,
*Sophomore Katlyn Anderson’s 26 digs,
*Sophomore Kaylee Clark’s 19 digs and two aces,
*A total of five Trailblazers in double figures in digs.
In the rather easy and quick 45-minute-match victory over Kellogg earlier in the day, VU’s stat sheet included:
*Bratcher’s 33 assists,
*Freshman Kristen Murphy’s 11 kills,
*Sophomore Kayla Macadlo’s eight kills,
*Sophomore Lynsey Higgins’ seven kills,
*Anderson’s 15 digs,
*Dohmen’s 13 digs.
VU will travel to Springfield, IL, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, for the Lincoln Land Classic. The Trailblazers face Independence at 6 p.m. Friday night and then meet the host Loggers at 9 a.m. Saturday. That matchup will be followed by VU’s match with Kaskaskia at 1 p.m. and a fourth match yet to be determined.