|Final - Volleyball||1||2||3||4||F|
|Rochester College (0-2)||20||25||13||22||1|
|Arlington Hts., Ill.|
|Graceland||Indv. Leaders||Rochester College|
|#10 Keslie Sickels - 13||Kills||#16 Willson, Laura - 13|
|#19 Hannah Farley - 3||Blocks||3 Players - 3|
|#5 Kacie Miyama - 16||Digs||#5 Walters, Emma - 21|
|#2 Stephanie Herman - 3||Aces||#2 Fowler, Miranda - 3|
|Graceland||Team Statistics||Rochester College|
|Final - Volleyball||1||2||3||4||5||F|
|Arlington Hts., Ill.|
|#17 Jones, Natalie - 13||Kills||#10 Keslie Sickels - 11|
|#11 Porter, Katherine - 4||Blocks||#13 Eden Meier - 2|
|#9 Logsdon, Kristin - 22||Digs||#5 Kacie Miyama - 11|
|#9 Logsdon, Kristin - 6||Aces||#10 Keslie Sickels - 3|
Arlington, IL - Graceland University started out the 2017 season with victories over Brescia University and Rochester College.
Graceland University vs. Brescia University
In a very back and forth game, Graceland University (1-0) pulled through in the first match of the Robert Morriso Tournament earning them a win in five sets against the Brescia University Bearcats. The Yellowjackets took the match 25-21, 10-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-8.
In set one, Graceland was plagues by a few errors early on, giving the Bearcats the lead. With the Bearcats holding the edge at 17-15, Graceland's Hannah Farley was able to change the team's momentum with some kills, as the Jackets took the lead 18-17. From there, the Jackets were able to keep the lead, and took the first set 25-20.
Things started off close in the second set, then at 7-7, Kristin Logsden of the Bearcats stepped back to the service line. She helped her team take off on a big run, producing five service aces. Unfortunately, the gap was too big to close, and the Jackets fell 25-10 in the second set.
Things picked up again in the third, as Graceland and Brescia went point for point for the entire set. Both teams produced some big kills as the game was back-and-forth. The Jackets forced key Bearcat errors at the end of the set, but were unable to overcome the hurdle. BU took the third 27-25.
In the fourth set, the Jackets rallied. Graceland's Keslie Sickles produced some big kills alongside Freshman setter, Emree Sato. Late at 20-20, a kill by GU's Emma Runyan caused the momentum to shift, starting the Jackets on a run. Emma Runyan produced another big kill a few points later, but it was Meghan Kneib who hammered the set forcing the set to go into a fifth. Graceland claimed the fourth 25-23.
The score was close at the top of the fifth set. Graceland was able to pull ahead with kills from Sickels and Kneib.. The Jackets finished strong, and stayed ahead for the rest of the set. Graceland claimed a 15-8 victory in the fifth and earned their first victory of the season.
Middle Hitter Keslie Sickels led the Yellowjackets offensively, producing 11 kills and hitting 0.350. Setters Emree Sato and Sam Schell shared the setting duties tallying 16 and 13 respectively. Defensively, defensive specialist Kacie Miyama recorded 11 digs.
Head Coach Stew McDole said the following after the Brescia win, "The match was for sure a first match of the season outing. Major swings of fortune up and dow. Overall we saw an even performance across positions. A good learning match for us."
Graceland University vs. Rochester College
In the second match of the night, the Graceland University almost made out with a clean sweep, but the Rochester College Warriors managed to take the second set from GU. The Yellowjackets won the match 25-20, 19-25, 25-13, 25-22.
The Jackets came out strong in the first set. In an all-around team effort, Graceland was firing on all cylinder to produce double the amount of kills Rochester had. GU held a 17-8 advantage in kills. The Jackets came out on top in the first 25-20.
In the second set, however, things did not go as smoothly. A multitude of errors coming from Graceland resulted in a loss for the set. Early errors proved to be costly, as the contest slipped out of reach. With the margin growing, Graceland was unable to recover, falling 25-19.
Graceland worked together in the third to band together as a team. Once again, the Jackets were on the attack, tabbing 18 kills to the Warriors six. Minimum errors and a strong offense, led the Yellowjackets to a 25-13 victory in the third.
The fourth and final set of the night was different from the others. In the middle of the set, Graceland went on a 6-0 run, to take a 19-10 advantage. Quickly the Warriors got back on their feet, and closed the gap to two points at 24-22. Graceland maintained composure, taking the fourth 25-22.
Middle Hitter Keslie Sickles again proved to be a force to be reckoned with, marking 13 kills. Outside hitter Emma Runyan complimented her with 11 kills. A trio of setters split the duties as Stephanie Herman and Emree Sato dished out 17 assists each, with Sam Schell adding 16. The Jackets were led defensively by Kacie Miyama with 16 digs.
McDole continued, "Rochester is from a super competitive conference.They kept coming and coming, making it a challenge for our players to stay focused and execute. It is nice to start the year 2-0, but the really good news is the clear improvement in the team."
The Yellowjackets will continue tournament play tomorrow at the Robert Morris University Eagle Invite on Saturday. GU will first face Midway University at 10 a.m. before taking on Governors State University at 2 p.m.
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