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Hard Work Pays Off For the Eagles


by Elana Garay
SPORTS EDITOR

PHOTO CREDIT TAYLOR DEVICH

PHOTO CREDIT TAYLOR DEVICH

Women’s volleyball won their first home game against Eureka College on September 9.
Benedictine’s women’s volleyball came out strong throughout the three sets.
“It was really exciting to take our first home game and start the season off strong. We came out focused and ready to play,” said senior Beckie Whitmarsh
The first set started off with the first points made by Benedictine. Both teams went back and forth with points until Benedictine advanced in the lead by 17-11 after a kill was made by Groen.
Eureka was not far behind Benedictine, but a kill made by Freshmen Kristina Billie and an error made by Eureka gained the first set win to Benedictine. The first set’s score was 25-21.
The eagles became in the lead by three points the following set and continued to be in the lead throughout the set with the end score of 25-20. The last set’s score was 25-11 with the help of nine kills and only three errors.
“I feel that teamwork was a key to success as the sets went on, we really picked each other up and saw the shots that were open,” said sophomore Emily Chitwood. “As a team we came out with that winning attitude, and it really showed on the court!”
Chitwood made seven kills, six digs, and three aces. Whitmarsh followed behind with six kills. Junior Kelcey Adams made a total of 27 assists. Both juniors Keriann Groen and Kara Epping made five kills.
The next home game for women’s volleyball will be on September 18th against North Central College at 4:00 p.m.