Volleyball topples Foresters; fall to Edgewood

Tristan Lipe

This weekend, the women’s volleyball team faced two tough teams at home, playing against Lake Forest College and Edgewood College.
The Vikings kicked off Saturday afternoon with their first conference win of the season.
The Vikings took the first game from Lake Forest 25-17 and kept it going into the second game. The Vikings dominated Lake Forest in the second game 25-18 and had a strong hold on the match.
However, the problems with closing out teams continued for the Vikings, and Lake Forest got right back in the match taking the close third game 25-23. The Vikings had another chance in the fourth game to close out Lake Forest, but again failed to finish them off, and Lake Forest tied the match by winning 25-18.
Lawrence came out strong in the fifth game winning 15-10 and taking their first conference win of the season.
The Vikings looked to get their first back-to-back wins of the season against Edgewood Saturday evening. The match started out well with the Vikings controlling the first game.
The game was close, but the Vikings closed out the game strong with good defense and strong hitting. The Vikes took the first game 25-21. Just as in the match against Lake Forest, the Vikings took a commanding lead on the match by taking not only the first game, but the second game as well.
The Vikings did something that they had struggled to do all season — they won a close game. They finished the second game strong, putting away their hitting opportunities and winning 25-23.
Once again, the Vikings struggled to close out the match in three games going down 11-2 early in the third game. The Vikes did not quit, though, and battled back hard to try and finish off Edgewood in three games.
The Vikings closed the gap to two points, but could not complete the comeback, and Edgewood took the third game 25-21. Winning the third game sparked Edgewood to play even harder in the fourth game, and the Vikings could not finish the match again.
Edgewood took the fourth game 25-21. The Vikings played well in the fifth game, but failed to take the victory. Edgewood stole the match away, winning the final game 15-13.
The Vikings volleyball team is back in action this weekend as they head to Iowa to play in the Clark Tournament. They close out the season Oct. 28 at Carroll College and at home Nov. 1 against Beloit College.