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Volleyball drops two in weekend tri-match

Peter Cooke

Issue date: 10/17/08 Section: Sports
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Heidelberg College played host to Case and Wilmington College in a disappointing tri-match for the Spartans this weekend. Case (13-9, 1-2) began their weekend against Wilmington, a team that matched up well against the Spartans' lineup. Due to injuries, the Spartans utilized several different lineups with eleven players competing over the course of the match. The changing lineups hurt the team's chemistry against the Quakers (12-9), as the Spartans missed several key opportunities in the close loss.

"The team did not play well enough against Wilmington to earn a victory. Even though the individual game scores were pretty close, the level of play was not near our team's ability," said coach Karen Farrell after the loss.

While a matter of points decided the match itself, it was the Spartans' inability to close out each set that hurt them in the long run, losing the match 23-25, 25-18, 24-26, 22-25. Tricia McCutchan commented after her 17-kill, five-block performance, "We lacked enthusiasm and energy. We played well during one game of the match, but we [ended up losing] the match."

On the other side of the ball, juniors Andrea Lamont and Andrea Wojtowicz continued their stifling defensive play with 24 and 21 digs, respectively.

Heidelberg (21-4) came into the match with Case as one of the top teams in the country, on the verge of cracking the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) top 25. The Spartan's came into their second game of the weekend much better prepared, determined to contend with a talented team.

Led by seniors Julie Schaefer and Miranda Lange, the Spartans came out firing in a close 23-25 first-set loss. Focused on not falling too far behind, the Spartans held close in another back-and-forth set against Heidelberg before falling short at the end in a close 20-25 loss. The team rallied around sophomore Beth Karpinski's 18 kills and rebounded to clinch a tough-fought third set 25-20. The fourth set saw a valiant effort staved off by the Student Princes as Heidelberg grabbed a 24-26 victory to win the match 1-3.
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