Volleyball Earns Two Home Sweeps
Oct 13, 2017
DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque made quick work of both of their opponents on Friday night, defeating both Monmouth College and Knox College in straight sets as head coach April Elsbernd broke the school record for careers wins.
The Spartans rolled past the Monmouth College Fighting Scots in the first match of the night 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 27-25). UD made quick work of Monmouth in the first two sets. With the score at 16-11 in the first set, the Spartans rallied off seven straight points to push their lead to 12 and seal the set. UD once again used a big rally in the middle of the set in the second set as they scored 10 of 12 points at one point to blow the set open. The third set was a different story as Monmouth pushed UD to the limit and even had a set point at 25-24 but the Spartans would not give in and scored three straight points to take the set 27-25 and the match 3-0.
UD’s defense stifled Monmouth all night as the Spartans had eight total team blocks and 64 digs. Rylee Andresen and Alyssa Cose both had two solo blocks, while Kara Wright, Paige Harbort and Lauren Egnarski each tallied one. Four different UD players had double digit digs, led by Jenna Runde with 15. On the offensive side, UD used a spread out attack with nine players recording at least one of the team’s 44 kills.
With the win, UD head coach April Elsbernd surpassed the school record for career wins with her 126th win at the school.
UD was every bit as dominant in the second match against Knox College as they were in their first match. The Spartans took down the Prairie Fire in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-15. None of the sets were in any danger for UD as they had at least a five point lead in every set before either team could reach 10 points.
With the lead, it allowed the Spartans play 17 different players in at least one set. Building off of their eight blocks in game one, UD topped themselves by blocking 11 attacks in the nightcap. Kara Wright was a force at the net, coming up with six solo blocks and two block assists. UD had 11 service aces on the night, compared to Knox’s five. Alyssa Cose had four of those aces to go along with her 20 assists. 11 of the 17 Spartans who saw action recorded at least one kill with five of them having at least four.
The Spartans are back at home on Tuesday against Iowa Wesleyan at 7:30