Volleyball wins one, loses on on the road

Ellie Galvin

Last weekend, the women’s volleyball team went 1-1 on the road. There was a lot of added pressure to win because both matches were against conference teams. The Vikings first game was against the Fighting Scots of Monmouth College. Going into the match, LU and Monmouth were both tied for the number one spot in the Midwest Conference. Needless to say it was a big game.

Unfortunately, the Vikes fell to the Scots 3-1. Lawrence started off strong in the first set where they won 19-25 but fell to Monmouth in the next three games (25-18, 25-20, 25-21). Senior Clare Bohrer led the Vikings with 11 kills and Junior Shannon McLain added eight. Sophomore Diane McLeod directed the attack and picked up 31 assists while Sophomore Kathleen Rowland paced Lawrence with 21 digs.

Junior Emma Kane said that the best part about the game “was the women’s soccer team showing up to our match. The Monmouth trip is always long and it’s tough playing so far from home, but the girls were awesome! The second they walked into the gym, they were loud and supportive and literally quieted Monmouth’s crowd. It was so great to have that kind of support on the road, the team really appreciated it. You girls rock!”

The Viking’s next game on the road was against the Lady Blues from Illinois College. They powered through their competition to a 3-1 Midwest Conference victory (25-12, 25-15, 22-25, 25-11). Bohrer hammered out 19 kills and hit .457 on the afternoon to pace the Vikings.

McLain added 11 kills and freshman Presley Neuman added nine for the Vikings. McLeod directed the Lawrence attack and picked up a match-high 42 assists. Kathleen Rowland led three Lawrence players in double figures with 19 digs.

“It was a good weekend over-all,” said Kane. “Even though the out come wasn’t exactly what we wanted as a team, we’re still sitting in a great position in conference. We’re excited to get the chance to see Monmouth again when we make the conference tournament.”

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