Deerfield, Ill. - The Hannibal-LaGrange Women's Volleyball team traveled up to the Chicago area to play in the Trinity International Invite. HLGU played one game on Friday against Fisk University and ended up winning the game in four sets (20-25, 25-20, 25-13, and 25-22). On Saturday morning the ladies opened the day against Moody Bible Institute with a three set win (25-15, 25-12, and 26-24). Then the Trojans took on the host Trinity International and fell in four sets (25-15, 13-25, 16-25, and 10-25). The record for the volleyball team now sits at 2-3 on the season.
The Fisk University Bulldogs (1-5) came out in the first set and took control early, but the Trojans rebounded and won the next three sets to close out the game. HLGU had a balanced attack from Shelby Maupin (SR/St. Peters, Mo.) (9), Sarah Greer (FR/Hughesville, Mo.) (9), and Maggie Vert (FR/Lesterville, Mo.) (7) in the kills department. Hannah Killian (SR/Bentonville, Ark.) Led the team in digs with 18 followed by Greer with 12. Claire Maupin (SO/St. Peters, Mo.) collected 27 assists. Overall both teams had 37 kills in the game but HLGU posted 14 aces which made a difference.
Coach Kyle Smith added, "This was a true team effort on defense and in transition offense. The ladies all executed things we have worked on this past week. Claire Maupin was hitting zones with accuracy to help get the other team out of system. All of our servers stepped up their game today to guide us to victory."
HGLU came out against Moody Bible (0-3) and swept the Archers in three sets. Vert led the team with 10 kills and she was followed by S. Maupin with five. C. Maupin dished out 15 assists while Killian collected 13 digs. S. Maupin also contributed at the net with four blocks. The Trojans combined for 10 aces in the game which caused problems for MBI.
"Our freshman middle, Maggie Vert, was on fire and we are excited for her to continue to grow. Killian and Greer continue to be the core of our defense and their passing helped run a quicker offense," added Coach Smith.
The final game of the TIU invite was against the host who is now 5-5 on the season. HGLU came out and played a solid first set winning by 10 points. Then the ladies seemed to run out of gas as TIU took over the match. S. Maupin led HLGU with 11 kills but she was followed closely by Taylor Fry (SR/Boonville, Mo.) with 10. Vert continued her consistent play on the weekend with seven kills as well. Killian (19) and Greer (13) continued to pop up the ball on the defensive end.
Coach Smith continued, "Taylor Fry was on fire in the first set hitting over .500 which helped us a lot. Our blockers had a difficult time reading the TIU setter. We had some really long rallies as both teams refused to let the ball drop."
The volleyball team will be back at home on Tuesday, September 5 to compete against William Penn University at 7 PM. The Trojans don't have another home game until October so don't miss your opportunity to watch HLGU volleyball.