vb-1 vb-2The Lincoln College Women’s Volleyball team went a perfect 4-0 in West Burlington, IA at the Southeastern CC Invite. On Friday evening, Lincoln defeated Black Hawk College in three very tight sets 25-23, 26-24, 25-22.  In the match, the Lady Lynx received solid offensive contributions from outside hitters Kenzie Cooper (9 kills) and Kaylyn Hoffert (7 kills) as well as right side hitter Mattie Giese (6 kills).

Later in the evening, LC took on the host school, SCC, and got a real run. Southeastern came out strong and kept LC off balance with several kills off of tips and line shots.  SCC took set one 25-23 and held the momentum through most of set two until Lincoln stepped up their defensive intensity.  The Lady Lynx erased a three point deficit late in the set to win it 26-24.  Lincoln took control of the match in set three with an impressive blocking performance. Lincoln scored seven points off of blocks and repeatedly disrupted the SCC offense on their way to a 25-13 win.  Middle hitters Elysa Smith and Cassidy Sanneman contributed to the solid effort at the net with 3 blocks each and libero Melanie Murray dug up 13 balls in the back row.

In set four, Southeastern again battled, but the Lady Lynx won the set 25-22.

Day two of the event saw Lincoln matched up against two JV teams from Culver-Stockton University.  In the first match, Lincoln defeated C-S White 25-18, 25-20, 25-17 and in the second they handled the C-S Blue team 25-22, 25-20, 25-21.  The wins lift Lincoln College’s overall record to 16-7.

Coach Tippett was quite pleased with the way his team performed during the weekend tournament. “Each of the teams we played presented unique challenges and we were able to make the adjustments necessary to defeat them. Black Hawk had a lot of height and a couple of tough jump servers, but we were able to match up with them effectively.” Tippett continued, “SCC played with a lot of energy and really grabbed the momentum early, but our blocking stepped up in a big way in set three which turned the tide of the match. We took care of business against both Culver-Stockton teams and we got to try some different lineups against them which is good for us to do at this time of year.  Overall, it was a fun weekend and a great way to go into our Fall Break.”

Lincoln plays at home on Thursday, October 13th against Carl Sandburg College.  The match will be a benefit match for the Emden 5K ALS Awareness group.  All proceeds from the match will go to ALS research efforts.