Volleyball Rolls Past Duhawks in Three Sets

Volleyball Rolls Past Duhawks in Three Sets

Serena Sandvig turned in a monster night with a season-high 12 kills and a .524 attack percentage while Jade Schaap added 10 kills and six digs, and the Buena Vista volleyball team notched yet another home win by sweeping Loras College in a key Iowa Conference contest on Friday night.

Sandvig, who reached double digits in kills for the first time this season (11) on Wednesday against Bethany Lutheran, kept her momentum going right into tonight's match with the Duhawks.  She also added three total blocks.

"Serena is getting back to how she was playing at the end of last season," said BVU head coach Lori Slight. "She's such a positive kid, whether win or lose, and tonight all the stars aligned."

Aside from Sandivig and Schaap, Ali Grein also added seven kills and a pair of blocks to give BVU a strong corps at the net all night.

"Our mids really helped us establish the temp of the match," added Slight. "They got it started, but tonight was really a total team effort."

Mackenzie Gropel dished out a career-best 32 assists and had five digs.  Summer Goss registered 13 digs while Kylie Roe had 12 digs and a pair of ace serves.  Jamie Navinskey had five ace serves as BVU totaled nine overall.

It was a game of runs in the opening set, as BVU began with a 4-1 lead only to see the Duhawks roll off three straight to tie it.  The Beavers again had a four-point advantage at 20-16 only to see Loras even things at 20-20. One of Sandvig's 12 kills gave the Beavers the lead back for good, as they went on to the 25-23 triumph.

The Duhawks held a quick 6-2 lead in the second before BVU got settled in and took control.  A kill by Sandvig again started the rally followed by consecutive serving aces by Navinskey.  BVU rolled off six straight to take a 9-6 leade.  Loras tried to rally late by taking a 15-12 lead before BVU ran off four straight to take a 16-15 lead, but with things tied at 17-17, BVU scored four straight to take a 21-17 lead and went on to build a two-set lead with a 25-19 victory.

It was nearly all BVU in the final set, as the Beavers broke open a 5-5 score with seven straight points and Loras never got any closer than seven the rest of the set.

The Beavers (12-9, 2-3 IIAC) are now 17-5 inside of Siebens Fieldhouse since the start of 2014.  They look to remain perfect at home this season when they entertain the University of Dubuque (20-1, 5-1 IIAC) at 3:30pm.