Volleyball wins in 5 against UW-SP

Tristan Lipe

Last week Lawrence volleyball faced off with Ripon College. Lawrence came out strong, looking for their first conference win. The Vikings attacked well in the first game and took a lead in the match winning the first game 25-16. The Vikings were not able to keep the momentum moving into the next game and struggled more in the attack and Ripon bounced back taking the second game 25-19. Ripon kept the momentum going into the next game and kept the Vikings to only 15 points.
The Vikings responded in the fourth game and battled hard to try and push a game five. The Vikings could not beat the efficient attack of Ripon and Ripon took the match 25-23.
Over the weekend the Vikings headed to UW Oshkosh to face UW Stevens Point, UW Superior, St. Catherine’s and UW Oshkosh. The Vikings started the weekend with their second victory of the season over UW Stevens Point. The Vikings came out strong and took a close first game 25-22. As the pattern has been, the Vikings could not keep the momentum going into the next two games and Stevens Point came right back and took the next two games 25-18 and 25-16. However, the Vikings turned things around in game four and dominated Stevens Point only allowing them to score 10 points. The momentum kept going in game five and the Vikings were the first to 15 taking the game and the match 15-7.
The Vikings next match was against UW Superior and they wanted to continue their strong play from the UW Stevens Point game. The Vikings, once again, came out strong in the first game winning 25-20. As the story goes, they dropped the next two games again losing 25-13 and 25-18. Just as in the Stevens Point match, the ladies battled back in the fourth game and forced a game five winning 25-18.
Unlike the Stevens Point match though, the Vikings were not able to retain the momentum going into game five and fell the Superior 15-7. The Vikings followed the Superior match with two tough matches against St. Catherine’s and UW Oshkosh. The Vikings fell to St. Catherine’s in three games 25-12, 25-17 and 25-17. The Vikings also fell to Oshkosh in three games 25-11, 25-13 and 25-18.
The Vikings are in action again this weekend Saturday, Oct. 18 against both Lake Forest and Edgewood at home. The Vikings also face St. Norbert College on Wednesday October 22nd at St. Norbert. The Vikings could use the support of many fans this weekend as they search for their first conference win and face a tough non-conference opponent.