Volleyball winning streak halted

Jon Mays and Greg Peterson

The Lawrence University volleyball team entered the weekend on a seven-game winning streak, but the Vikings were unable to continue their great play and were swept by Monmouth and Illinois College. Both games went to five sets, but Lawrence was unable to come out ahead in either of them.
Melissa Schnettler and Shannon McLain once again led the Vikings in kills in both matches, and Laura Aerts set them up nicely with a total of 72 assists in the two matches. The Vikings took a 2-1 lead through three games against Monmouth, but the Fighting Scots came surging back to take the final two games 21-25, 13-15.
The Vikings got off to a good start the following day against Illinois College. Lawrence led two games to one, but could not maintain their lead for the second day in a row, losing the last two games 23-25, 8-15.
“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t continue our winning streak this weekend, but we will continue to work hard and get ready for our next match,” said freshman Beth Larsen.
Despite the losses, the Vikings now sit at exactly .500 with a record of 3-3 in-conference and 12-12 overall, which puts them in a tie for fifth in the Midwest Conference with the Grinnell Pioneers.
The Vikings are back at home for their next two matches. Lawrence takes on Ripon College Wednesday evening and St. Norbert College Tuesday, Oct. 20.