LISLE, Illinois – Senior Rachel Lynde reached 1,000 kills for her career and the MSOE women's volleyball team won two matches on the first day of the Eagle Classic hosted by Benedictine Friday at the Rice Center.
The Raiders (14-16) opened the day by taking down a 22-win Greenville (22-5) squad in four sets, 25-19, 25-23, 24-26, 25-22. They then turned right around to sweep Finlandia 25-19, 25-18, 25-22.
Lynde entered the day needing 23 kills for 1,000 and tallied 14 in the opener. She followed that up with nine against FU, getting her milestone kill late in the third set.
Junior Hannah Pekarek added 10 kills against Greenville while three other players notched seven kills each. Lynde added 10 digs and Pekarek 15 for double-doubles.
Three Panthers reached double-figures in kills, led by Brittni Bell's match-high 17. Anna Finish had 11 kills and Allyson Mitchell 10.
MSOE got off to a host start in the match, hitting .345 after two sets. It hit .414 in the opener, then .276 in the second. After falling just short of a sweep in the third set, the Raiders got back on track in the fourth set, hitting .244. They hit .229 for the match, compared to .170 by Greenville.
Against Finlandia, the hot-hitting carried over with a .250 attack percentage in the first set. The Red & White then cruised to its second win over the Lions this season (Sept. 2, 3-1), hitting .144 with seven aces. FU hit .055 as a team.
Lynde led the offense again with her nine kills. Freshman Megan Brock had seven kills and two more players finished with six.
Finlandia was led on the attack by Kaisa Holmstrom with her 10 kills.
The Raiders close out the second Saturday with two more matches at the Eagle Classic. They face in-state rival Carthage at 10 a.m. and then play host and NACC rival Benedictine at noon.