Warriors Close 2016 Campaign With Saturday Sweep

Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson
Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

LISLE, Ill. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College women's volleyball team concluded its 2016 season on Saturday afternoon with a pair of wins at the Eagle Classic, defeating North Central (Ill.) 3-2 and Lake Forest 3-1 at the Rice Center.

THE BASICS

  • Final Scores: Wisconsin Lutheran 3, North Central (Ill.) 2; Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Lake Forest 1
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (14-15), North Central (Ill.) (13-15), Lake Forest (7-17)
  • Location: Rice Center, Lisle, Ill. | Attendance: 60

HOW IT HAPPENED VS. NORTH CENTRAL (Ill.)

  • WLC overcame a slow start and a 15-9 deficit in the opening set to win the first set 26-24 in part to a 5-0 run to conclude the opening set.
  • NCC won the next two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-21 to hold a 2-1 lead.
  • The Warriors refused to go away and took advantage of nine errors by the Cardinals to force a fifth set with a 25-21 fourth-set win.
  • WLC once again needed extra points to come away with the final set, winning 16-14. The Warriors stormed out to a 6-2 lead and scored the final four points of the set to win the match.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE VS. NORTH CENTRAL (Ill.)

  • Courtney Pattison (Prairie du Chien, Wis./Prairie du Chien) led the Warriors in kills and assists on the way to recording a triple-double, posting 13 kills, 24 assists, and 18 digs.
  • Britley Grulke (Hustisford, Wis./Hustisford) collected 11 kills and 17 digs for a double-double of her own.
  • Megan Wierzbicki (Hartford, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) led the defense with 22 digs.
  • Cara Howell paced the Cardinals with 16 kills and 16 digs. Valerie Hunt and Ashley Powers dished out 24 and 23 assists, respectively.
  • The Warriors held a slight attack advantage, posting a .136 percentage compared to NCC's .102.
  • WLC avenged an earlier-season loss to the Cardinals with today's win.

HOW IT HAPPENED VS. LAKE FOREST

  • The Warriors used a 6-0 run to post an 11-4 lead early in the match to push themselves to a 25-21 first set victory.
  • Lake Forest won the second set 25-20 to even the score at 1-1.
  • The Foresters 12 errors helped WLC cruise to a 25-19 victory to hold the advantage in the match. An 11-1 run helped the Warriors complete the comeback in the third set.
  • Like the opening match, WLC won the final set 26-24. Wisconsin Lutheran held a 20-12 lead late, but Lake Forest came back to tie the set at 21-21, before WLC ended the match with three straight points.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE VS. LAKE FOREST

  • Grulke led the way with her second double-double of the day, recording 13 kills and 11 digs.
  • Andrea Hafemeister (Milwaukee, Wis./Wauwatosa West) had 10 kills and nine digs to help the WLC attack.
  • Pattison dished out 21 assists and recorded 12 digs. Wierzbicki led the team with 19 digs.
  • Grace Larson led Lake Forest with 16 kills and 13 digs. Paige Jespersen added her own double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. Lexi Kleva had 44 of the team's 48 assists in the match.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors, who won five of their final six matches, finish their 2016 season 14-15 overall and 4-7 in the NACC. WLC's 14 wins are the most since the 2011 season when it finished with 19.