Women’s volleyball falls twice during Pink Out weekend


Photo by Merlina San Nicolás

Libero Kaitlyn Chan sets up at the beginning of a match against the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Oct. 8.

The Lindenwood women’s volleyball team fell 3-1 to Bellarmine University on Friday night and 3-0 against the University of Indianapolis on Saturday at Hyland Arena.

On Friday during Pink Out day, the Lions started the first set slow against Bellarmine, who managed to score three points in the first five minutes of the first set. The Lions trailed the Knights by three points until they were able to score and even the match, 10-10. Bellarmine responded and scored back 3 points in a row.

For the rest of the set, the Knights dominated by over five points, until Hannah Borchelt recorded two kills in a row to give the Lions some hope and cut the Knights’ lead to only two points. The Knights ultimately took the win, 25-22 for the first set.

The second set was no different as the Knights were fast and grabbed an early lead of five points. Later on in the set, the Knights scored four times in a row to secure the second set win, 25-17.

The Lions were finally able to get comfortable during set three, leading most of the time and hitting .500 as a team. The Lions won the set 17-25, forcing a fourth set.

Going into the fourth set, the Lions lost momentum, and the Knights took that to their advantage, scoring seven times in a row. The Knights ended up winning the fourth set 25-11.

On an interview with Jake Adams for LUTV, head coach Will Condon pointed out the mistakes the team made, and outside factors that affected the Lions’ performance.

“I just think we weren’t prepared; we didn’t have a lot of energy at the start of the game,” Condon said. “We lost a lot of serves and had a lot of reception errors; in a lot of ways we outplayed them and it is funny to say looking at the scores, but looking at the stats we were outhitting them after the third set.”

Overall, Lindenwood out-blocked Bellarmine 6-11.

During Saturday’s match against Indianapolis, the Lions found themselves in a similar situation and were unable to get something going. The Lions recorded eight team blocks to UIndy’s two but still fell short of grabbing a win.

The Greyhounds won the encounter 25-19, 25-16 and 25-19.

According to the Lindenwood Athletics website, Sadie Kosciuk was the top hitter, recording eight kills with a .294 attack percentage and five total blocks, four of them solo.

Both losses drop the Lions to a 10-13 overall and 1-10 in conference play.

The Lions will host Truman State on Friday, Nov. 8 before their last home tournament against Quincy University on Nov. 9 at Hyland Arena.