Trojan Volleyball Splits First Day of Trojan Classic
Friday, October 14, 2011
by Jordan Argo
HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Lady Trojans finished day one of the Trojan Classic with a win over conference foe William Woods and a loss to Clarke University. HLGU’s Friday matches were thrillers as they both went down to the fifth set.
In the first match, the ladies faced a familiar adversary in fellow conference member William Woods. The Lady Trojans got off to a bad start against the Lady Owls after losing the first set 17-25. Hannibal-LaGrange stuck with William Woods up until the Lady Owls went on a 4-0 run to increase its lead to 17-12. The Lady Trojans closed the lead to three but could not get any closer as it lost the first set by eight points.
The ladies regrouped and came out with a vengeance in the second set. After finding itself deadlocked at four, the Lady Trojans took the 5-4 lead off of an Erika Davis service ace and never looked back. The Lady Owls drew within two points but, after a kill by Davis, the ladies finished out the set on a 10-6 run to take the second game 25-17 and draw the match even at one game apiece.
The Lady Trojans carried its momentum over into the third set as it battled the Lady Owls to an 11-10 lead. Stephanie Gustafson’s kill, to give HLGU a two point lead, helped start a five point run by the ladies and increased the lead to 16-10. The Lady Trojans closed out the third set on another five point run to take the game 25-16 and the overall lead in the match.
Hannibal-LaGrange couldn’t close out the Lady Owls and lost the fourth set 14-25. The Lady Trojans battled back-and-forth with William Woods until the two were tied at nine. From that point on, the set belonged to William Woods as the Lady Owls closed out the game on a 15-5 run for the 25-14 set win.
However, the Lady Trojans weren’t going to let a conference win slip away. In a set that featured seven ties and four lead changes, the ladies were finally able to keep and build on its lead after going up 10-9. The Lady Trojans ended the set and match on a six point run to take the fifth and final set 15-9.
Hannibal-LaGrange’s second match of the day was against Clarke University, a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
In its first set against Clarke, the Lady Trojans fought its way out to a 9-8 lead after a service ace by Brook Van Es. The ladies held onto their lead until late in the set after Clarke went up 23-22. But, the Lady Trojans fought back and turned a 24-24 tie into a 26-24 Lady Trojan win after kills by Kayla Caffey and Davis.
The second set didn’t go as well for the ladies as they never once held the lead. Clarke quickly grabbed a four point advantage and worked it up to a 15-8 lead. The Lady Trojans closed the gap to three but could get no closer as the Lady Crusaders took the second set 25-17.
HLGU regained the match lead with a 25-19 third set win. The set started out close as both teams shared eight ties within the first 16 points. After being tied at eight apiece, the Lady Trojans took control of the set with a four point run started by a Van Es kill. Hannibal-LaGrange closed out the game on a 4-1 run to help itself to a six point victory.
However, both the fourth and fifth sets didn’t go the Lady Trojans’ way as it dropped both 17-25 and 11-15, respectively.
Hannibal-LaGrange got off to a sluggish start in the fourth set and, for the second time in the match, didn’t own a lead in the entire set. The fifth set was a bit more exciting for Trojan fans but also disappointing. The ladies worked its way up to a three point lead but, after being tied at eight, lost the lead for good. HLGU tied it up two more times but finished the fifth set only scoring one point out of the final six.
The split moves the Lady Trojans’ record to 10-11 while the American Midwest Conference win against William Woods boosted Hannibal-LaGrange’s conference record to 6-5. The ladies will have a chance to improve both its overall and AMC record tomorrow as it competes in day two of the Trojan Classic. HLGU will face conference foe Benedictine University at Springfield at 11:00 a.m. and finish the day off against Baker University at 3:00 p.m.
HLGU is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school and a member of the American Midwest Conference.
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