Volleyball falls to 5-21 on season

John Tessmer | Staff Reporter
From Print [Nov. 4, 2014]
| Legacy

The LU women’s volleyball program had a few major tests this week, as they faced two of the top MIAA teams, and, as has been the case over the course of the season, they were unable to walk away with victories in either contest.

On Tuesday evening, they traveled to Missouri Western to take on the 19-5 Griffons looking for a key upset. It would not fall in the Lions favor, as they fell in three games. After two relatively close games, in which the Lions fell 25-19 and 25-18 respectively, the Griffons put the final game away rather quickly, with a 25-13 win. With Missouri Western hitting with a 40 percent accuracy on the day and the Lions hitting with just over a 10 percent accuracy, along with 18 errors, it was very difficult for the Lions to go on any runs and gain many points in a row. Kayla Guyot had eight kills, while Shannon Doyle had nine digs, and Nicole Hallam had 14 assists.

LU would be tested again later in the week, as they traveled to the University of Nebraska-Kearny, to take on the fourth-ranked team on Halloween night. Lindenwood would be swept in three games yet again, as they fell 25-18, 25-16, and 19-15. While both teams had 22 errors, and LU hit for just over one percent accuracy on the evening, ten blocks for Lindenwood could not keep the Lopers down, as they hit with an accuracy of over 17 percent. Kailene Young contributed eight kills and 14 digs on the night, as Sarah-Jane Pavlik had 14 assists.

Saturday afternoon was better for the Lions as they took on Fort Hayes State on the road. After dropping the first two games, 25-18 and 25-21, LU came out in the third set looking slightly more skilled. Down 21-20, LU went on a three point run to make it 23-21 before trading points until they took the game 25-23. The fourth game was just as intense for the Lions. Up by just one with a 19-18 score, both teams would go on a few mini runs, before Lindenwood would put the game away 25-22 thanks to a Fort Hayes hitting error. The fifth game of the set, which only goes to 15 points, wasn’t as exciting as the third and fourth game, as LU fell 15-8. Shannon Doyle led the team with 16 kills, while Jessica Krygsheld had 21 digs and Pavlik had 59 assists. With just four games left, LU is now 5-21 on the season.

They will continue play Nov. 7-8 at the Hyland Arena. For more information on Lindenwood University’s Athletics, check out LindenwoodLions.com