On Tuesday evening, the Lincoln College Volleyball team hosted their final home match of the regular season as they took on the Lady Eagles of Illinois Valley CC. Lincoln looked to avenge an early season loss at IVCC in four sets. LC started out strong, taking a commanding lead in the opening frame, but saw their advantage slip away and eventually disappear completely. IVCC caught the Lady Lynx at 23-23 and eventually took the set 26-24. Lincoln did not let the loss derail their plans for revenge though as they quickly regrouped and won the next two sets by identical scores of 25-17, 25-17. In those sets, Lincoln was able to go on long scoring runs behind the accurate serving of sophomore outside hitter Morgan Lesher (Brownsburg, IN) and freshman right side Destiny Adkins (Metamora). Lincoln also get some aggressive net play from middle hitters Jenna Harcharik (Streator) and Sierra Wilson (Bloom Trail). In set four, Lincoln looked to end the match by jumping out to a 6-1 advantage, but once again IVCC came from behind to even the score at 10-10 and eventually pull away for a 21-25 victory. This set up a deciding set to fifteen that saw a determined Lincoln College team build an early lead and never trail on their way to a 15-8 win to take the match. Lincoln has now evened their record on the season at 17-17.
Morgan Lesher 17 kills, 14 points
Latasha Fizer 9 kills, 4 blocks
Jenna Harcharick 12 kills, 4 blocks
Taylor Hewitt 27 digs, 7 points
Jordan Michaels 22 set assists, 6 digs
Jessa Coker 24 set assists, 5 points
Alyssa Morales 3 digs, 2 points
Destiny Adkins 15 points, 2 kills
Sierra Wilson 8 kills, 4 blocks
Kristin Davis 3 kills
Mariana Rogers 9 points, 4 digs
LC Coach Mark Tippett: Our team took the floor determined to win tonight, and I was proud of the way they played. We let a couple of leads slip away from us due to some passing breakdowns, but for most of the night we were able to control the tempo of play and handle what IVCC threw at us. We only missed three serves in five sets which is a major improvement for our players. Illinois Valley (20-11) has a good team and they are having a strong season which makes the win even more of an achievement. They beat us pretty handily back in August, but our team is a lot better now and this victory was another indication of how far we have come.