Women’s Volleyball Downs IIT For Day Two Split

Women’s Volleyball Downs IIT For Day Two Split

MILWAUKEE – The MSOE women's volleyball team hit .258 in sweeping past Illinois Tech 25-13, 25-18, 25-13 to earn a split on the second day of the MSOE Invitational Saturday at the Kern Center.

The Raiders (5-4) played league foes new and old on the day, opening with a four-set loss to Maranatha, 19-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-14.

MSOE went 2-2 on the weekend, tying for second place. Rachel Lynde and Abby Born were then named to the MSOE Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Lynde led the team in kills against IIT with 11 against no errors for a .379 attack percentage. Megan Brock had a tidy match, finishing with eight kills, a .350 attack percentage (one error), and 12 digs.

Born continues to march towards the school record for career assists, tallying 26 assists and 11 digs in the match to pull within 43 assists of the record. Aleah Quast is another senior chasing history as she continues to march towards 1,000 career digs. She had 19 in the match to finish the day at 868.

Sara Hassell had 10 kills for the Scarlet Hawks, who were limited to -.037 attacking in the match.

The Raiders jumped out to big leads in each of the three sets. They never trailed and were tied just twice. They put together a 12-2 run to start the match, then a 12-5 stretch in the second set, before taking a quick 12-4 advantage in the final set.

Lynde also led the team in kills against Maranatha, with nine. Brock was second on the team with seven.

Head coach Tom Wood employed a deep bench in the match for the first time, as he's used each of the non-league matches to start the season as a training for league play. Thirteen different players logged at least two sets on action in the match, spreading out the contributions both offensively and defensively.

Shelby Borchardt was the primary libero and finished with 15 digs, while Allie Laurent was the primary setter and tallied 23 assists and nine digs.

Alexis Bueltel and Madeline Suderman registered 14 kills each to pace the Sabercats. The visitors hit .203 in the contest.

On the other hand, MSOE was limited to a .062 attack percentage. The Raiders had attacked at a .147 rate in opening the match with a win, but was outhit by MBU over the next three sets in suffering a four-set defeat.

It was an odd scheduling quick for the Raiders, as IIT will join the NACC in 2018 while Maranatha was a longtime league rival for MSOE in the Lake Michigan Conference and then the NACC until 2013.

The Red & White remain home when it returns to action Wednesday, hosting Marian, a current NACC opponent, in the league-opener for both teams.