Volleyball goes 1-3 at Ripon Invitational

Jon Mays

The Lawrence volleyball team finished with a 1-3 record at last weekend’s Ripon Invitational. The Vikings got off to a slow start Friday and lost both of their matches. They fared better Saturday, picking up one victory in two games, but the overall outcome for the tournament was still worse than expected.
The Vikings lost Friday to Carroll University and Martin Luther College, then continued their struggles, starting Saturday with a four-set loss to Central Iowa. Lawrence turned it around later in the day to beat Maranatha Baptist in straight sets.
Junior captain Melissa Schnettler commented that her team’s win “shows that our girls don’t give up and we will keep playing even after we lose a few matches. That’s a good sign for the rest of the season.” Lawrence’s other captain, senior setter Laura Aerts, was named to the all-tournament team with 52 assists, six service aces and 16 digs.
The Vikings are now 6-9 on the season with all of their games having been away from home. With only seven upperclassmen on the team’s 17-player roster, the Vikings are a young team with no home games under their belt. They will finally have the pleasure of playing in the friendly confines of Alexander Gymnasium this weekend as they host a triangular featuring Carroll and Marian University.
Off the court, the volleyball team is selling t-shirts at games and during lunchtime at the Warch Campus Center. The t-shirts are $10 and half of the money will go to fight breast cancer.

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