Volleyball

Volleyball places second at Indiana Tech

     The Patriot volleyball team (25-9, 8-3 MSC) traveled to the “Hoosier State” over the weekend as they competed in the 2014 Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament. The Patriots placed second in the tournament as they posted a 3-1 record. The tournament was hosted by Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Indiana University Southeast

     In their first game on Friday the Patriots were pitted against a familiar opponent, Indiana University Southeast. The Patriots swept the Grenadiers on September 3rd at Lourdes Hall. The Patriots got the best of the Grenadiers 3-2 in a five-set thriller.

     In the opening set the Grenadiers grabbed the early lead at 9-2. The Patriots would battle back to pull within two at 9-7, but the Grenadiers doubled the Patriots up on a 6-3 run to extend their lead to 15-10. The Patriots would continue to battle as they pulled within one at 20-19, but the Grenadiers proved to be too much as they won the opening set 25-20.

     The second set saw the two battle as the Grenadiers took the lead 11-10. The Patriots then embarked on a 6-0 run that would give them the lead for good as they won the second set 25-19.

     In the third set the Patriots doubled the Grenadiers up at 8-4. The Grenadiers battled back to tie the set at 15 apiece. The two teams would continue to battle as they played to a tie at 20-20. The Grenadiers then answered with a 5-2 run to win the third set 25-22.

     The Patriots dominated the fourth set as they jumped on the Grenadiers early at 10-3. The Grenadiers would cut the lead to five at 17-12, but the Patriots would put the Grenadiers away for good on a 7-0 run to win the set 25-12 and tie the match at 2-2.

     The Grenadiers took the lead at 3-2 in the fifth set, but the Patriots embarked on a 13-5 run that would give them the 15-7 win in the fifth set and the match 3-2. Casey Stone (Princeton, Ky.) dominated throughout the match as she notched a career high with 22 kills.

Kentucky Christian University

     The Patriots would have it easier in their final match of the first day of the tournament when they battled Kentucky Christian University (18-11). The Patriots dominated the match as they earned a 3-0 sweep of the Knights.

     The first set saw the Patriots snag the early lead at 9-2. The Knights would answer with a 3-0 run to pull within four, but the Patriots went on an 11-3 run to extend their lead to 20-8. The Knights would cut into the lead, but the deficit proved to be too much as the Patriots won the opening set 25-17.

     In the second set the Patriots used the same formula as they did in the first, grab the early lead. The Patriots did just that and more. The Knights came within two at 4-2, but the Patriots then took over the match winning the set easily, 25-8.

     The third set proved to be a mirror image of the second as the Patriots ran off nine in a row before the Knights knew what hit them. The Patriots would dominate the third set as they defeated the Knights 25-10 and won the match handily 3-0.

     Point Park University

     The Patriots would enter the final day of the tournament with a 2-0 record from day one. In their first game on Saturday the Patriots battled the Pioneers of Point Park University (23-13, 8-1 KIAC). The Patriots got the best of the Pioneers 3-2 in yet another five-set thriller.

     The first set saw the Patriots take the early advantage at 8-6, but the Pioneers would answer with a 5-0 run to take the lead at 11-8. The Patriots would battle back to take the lead at 23-20, but the Pioneers answered with yet another 5-0 run to win the set 25-23.

     The second set was a totally different story as the Patriots dominated the set. The Patriots took the early lead at 9-6, they then went on an 8-0 that would give them the lead for good as they won the set 25-11.

     The third set was a mirror image of the second, except, this time it was the Pioneers who dominated the set. The two were tied at 6-6, but the Pioneers embarked on a 10-3 run to take the lead 19-6. The Patriots were never able to recover as the Pioneers won the third set 25-13.

     The fourth set saw the two teams battle throughout the set as neither team was able to gain the advantage. The two made their way to a tie at 23 apiece, but after a kill by Casey Stone and an error on the Pioneers the Patriots won the set 25-23. The match would go to a decisive fifth set with the match tied at two sets apiece.

     The fifth set saw the Pioneers grab the early lead at 8-4, but the Patriots answered with a 7-0 run to take the lead at 11-8. From that point the Patriots never looked back as they won the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.

Indiana Tech University

     The final match pitted the two remaining unbeaten teams together. The Patriots and Indiana Tech University (17-11, 8-8 WHAC). The Patriots would hang with the Warriors, but after playing 13 sets in two days the Patriots ran out of gas as they fell to the eventual tournament champion 3-0.

     The two battled throughout the opening set as neither team was able to gain the advantage in the opening set. The Patriots were able to fight off two set points, but couldn’t fight off three as the Warriors won the set 25-23.

     The Patriots gained the early advantage at 8-6, but the Warriors would take the lead for good at 11-10. The Patriots stayed in the set until the bitter end, but didn’t have enough to get over the hump as the Warriors won the set 26-24.

     The third set saw the two battle to a tie at 10 apiece, but the Warriors took control of the set on a 10-3 run to take the lead 20-13. The Warriors didn’t look back as they won the third set 25-22 and the match 3-0.

     The Patriots were led over the weekend by Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) as she was named to the All-Tournament team. Just finished the week with three double-doubles. Jordan Strickland (Lexington, Ky.) also turned in a strong week as she posted a career high 57 assists against IUS. Strickland posted a double-double in all four games for the Patriots.

     The Patriots will return to action tonight when they host cross-county MSC foe Campbellsville University at 7 PM. It will be a bittersweet night for four Patriot seniors as they will play their final home game of their careers.
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