Volleyball earns weekend sweep

Jon Mays

The Lawrence University volleyball
team has been on quite a tear
during its recent home-stand, winning
all five games in the past two
weeks, and seven in a row overall.
Of those wins, the most impressive
came against UW-Eau Claire, a
team that was ranked No. 14 in the
nation before having to experience a
packed Alexander Gymnasium.
With the crowd decked out in
all pink to support the fight against
breast cancer, the Vikings, also
dressed in pink, delivered one of
their best performances in recent
memory.
After defeating Grinnell Friday
night, and Knox earlier in the day,
Lawrence faced its toughest competition
against the UW-Eau Claire
Blugolds.
The Vikings managed to make
quick work of Eau Claire, winning in
straight games, 31-29, 25-19, 25-20.
Melissa Schnettler led the team
in kills with 15. Shannon McLain
finished with 10 kills, and Clare
Bohrer had eight. Bohrer had one
of the hardest spikes Alexander
Gymnasium has ever seen, setting
both her team and the crowd on fire.
The Vikings appear to be a much
different team from last year when
they won but a handful of games. It
is tough not to notice the winning
vibe that the team puts out every
time they step on the court.
That same vibe seemed to be
missing last year, which led to many
close defeats. The Vikings appear to
be making the tough plays that wind
up making the difference in the close
games this year.
Lawrence is on top of the Midwest
Conference and is on track for a conference
championship – again, a far
cry from the team a year ago. The
Vikings, however, will not have the
comfort of Alexander Gymnasium
for quite a while, and they will have
to continue their winning streak on
the road.

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