by Briana Hamiliton
The Lady Eagles are rounding up their non-conference match-ups this week with a record of 6-10. Benedictine fell short in last week’s non-conference match-up against North Park University. The Eagles had the lead in the first set by 21-18 but errors were made which became an advantage for the Vikings to seal the victory at 26-24. The second set was much like the first, but could not answer back to North Park University’s kills.
The Vikings ended the second set with 25-23. BenU trailed for the majority of the game unlike the first two sets. The Eagles dug themselves out of a whole and tying the final match at 22. After a hard fought battle and many rallies, North Park sealed the third set winning of 30-28.
“Last Wednesday we came into the game against North Park knowing that we could defeat them! As Jen called a timeout to tell us what to run and what spots on the court were open. North Park seemed to come back one step ahead every time,” said sophomore Emily Chitwood.
Although the Eagles did not come out on top, both Juniors Kara Epping had the record of 14 kills while Kerian Groen followed with five kills and three block assists. Sophomore Erin Wiegand fought back with nine of her own kills. Junior Kelcey Adams led the lady eagles with 21 assist and 8 digs, while freshman defensive specialist, Kristina Billie, ended the game with 16 digs. The Lady Eagle’s first conference game is this Wednesday September 30 at Dominican University (12-6).
“I think the season is going really well! We have learned the last few games what we need to work towards and improve on for the future. I think that everyone is putting in 100 percent and working as hard as we can for each other. I look forward to what the rest of the season has to hold for us and all of the experiences that are left to look forward to as a team! I think conference games will be challenging but that’s what we work towards in practice every day,” said Epping.