|Grand View (Iowa) (17-6, 11-0 Heart)||25||19||25||25||3|
|Graceland University (9-11, 3-7 Heart)||19||25||17||19||1|
|Grand View (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Graceland University|
|#4 Kelsey Redmond - 14||Kills||#6 Megan Kneib - 13|
|#23 Ashley Prusha - 6||Blocks||#10 Keslie Sickels - 2|
|#15 Jordyn Rittman - 15||Digs||#3 Sydney Stewart - 22|
|#2 Keely Larkin - 2||Aces||#10 Keslie Sickels - 3|
|Grand View (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Graceland University|
LAMONI, IA- Another Heart of America Athletic Conference contest was on the agenda tonight for Graceland University women's volleyball. The Yellowjackets fell to the No. 11 Grand View Vikings in a four-set match 25-19, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18.
The Vikings advanced to 17-6, and 11-0 in conference, while the Jackets dropped to 9-11, and 3-7 in the Heart.
The Vikings got off to a strong start in the first set, taking the lead 8-4. A kill by Graceland's Keslie Sickles, followed by an ace cut the score to 9-6. A couple of points later, the Jackets took off on a run to tie the match at 13-13. The Jackets took the Vikings out of system with aggressive serving, and strong attacks at the net to keep the game close. Big blocks by GVU's Courtney Twit, Erin Wenzel, Ashley Pursha and Trystin Leneckas, followed by a service ace forced GU to take a time out. The Vikings fed off these plays, and surged ahead to the end. Winning the set 25-19.
The second set started in the same way as the first, but then, errors by the Vikings kept the game close. A key kill by Meghan Kneib gave the Jackets to take the lead for the first time of the match. Another ace by Keslie Sickles helped GU to keep their momentum. Runyan added a nice cross court kill to keep the ball rolling for the Jackets. Behind the serving of Kacie Miyama, GU took off on a run to lead at 20-14. The run included a pair of kills by Eden Meir. Graceland reached set-point first with a nice setter dump by Sam Schell, and a kill by Kneib brought the Jackets to a set victory, 25-19.
In the third set, Grand View darted off to an early 6-2 lead. Momentum continued for the Vikings, and the gap swelled to 15-7. Grand View continued to surge ahead and despite a bit of a comeback by Graceland, the Vikings took the set 25-17.
The fourth and final set started off close between Graceland and Grand View. A huge double block by Tiffany Brunner and Sickles of Graceland moved the Jackets ahead at 13-11. Momentum for the Vikings picked up, as GVU turned the tied to regain the edge. The game continued to remain close, with Grand View holding on to the narrow lead. Late in the match, the Vikings took off on a run, surging ahead 23-18. GVU was victorious in the fourth 25-19.
Graceland saw three different players tally double-digit kills. Megan Kneib highlighted the offense with 13 kills. Emma Runyan and Hannah Farley complimented her with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Stephanie Herman dished out a team-high 26 assists. Defensively, Sydney Stewart recorded 22 digs. Mackensie Rieth added seven of her own.
The Vikings were led by Kelsey Redmond and Erin Wenzel with 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Meagan Miller added eight kills. The offensive tempo was set by Trystin Luneckas with 30 assists. Jordyn Rittman led the way with 15 digs. Luneckas contributed 11. At the net, Ashley Prusha recorded six of the team's 20 block assists in the match.
The Jackets will travel to Olathe, KS to face MidAmerica Nazarene University on October 6th at 7:00pm.
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