Lincoln, Ill. - The Hannibal-LaGrange Women's Volleyball Team traveled to Lincoln, Illinois to play in a tri-match with Judson University (8-2) and Lincoln Christian University (6-6). In the first game Judson was able to pull out a three set win (25-17, 25-23, and 25-18). They followed the loss up with a win against LCU who they lost to earlier in the season (25-20, 25-20, 16-25, and 25-20). HLGU started the day without two of their players which they knew would be missing this weekend prior to the season starting.
The ladies played well against the Eagles of Judson University but they could not overcome several runs which put them behind. Shelby Maupin (SR/St. Peters, Mo.) ended with 10 kills and 3 blocks. Taylor Fry (SR/Boonville, Mo.) followed with 7 kills, and Maggie Vert (FR/Lesterville, Mo.) and McKenzie Latham (SO/Lake St. Louis, Mo.) each had 5. Claire Maupin (SO/St. Peters, Mo.) dished out 23 assists in the game as well. Sarah Greer (FR/Hughesville, Mo.) led the team in digs with 15 but Latham was not far behind with 12.
Coach Kyle Smith shared, "The ladies fought hard but struggled to pass well and put balls away. Communication was lacking and our normally aggressive serving made too many errors. Sarah did a great job filling in at libero but the move put our offense at a disadvantage."
In game two, S. Maupin caught fire and had her best outing of the season on offense with 21 kills and 5 aces. Greer had 20 digs and 5 aces as well. Vert ended with 8 kills and 1 block. The Trojans strung together some nice runs from the serving line that helped them take control of the game.
"With the exception of one rotation in the third set we were dominant in transitiion and our blockers were committed. Claire distributed the ball well and got many one-on-one opportunities for our hitters to be successful," added Coach Smith.
HLGU opens up conference play this week on September 12, against William Woods at 7 PM in Fulton, Missouri. The WWU Owls are currently receiving votes to be ranked in the NAIA. They then go up against the fourth place team in the country, Park University. The game is scheduled to take place on September 15 at 5:30 PM.