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.