MANKATO, MINN. – The Waldorf University women's volleyball team recorded its first road win of the 2017 regular season by sweeping the Bethany Lutheran College Vikings in straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 29-27).
Head coach Bri Ebenhoe says her team's defense should be credited just as much as their outstanding offense.
"The Warriors' defense flew around the court to ensure that the Vikings earned every kill," said Ebenhoe.
The Warriors averaged 16.33 kills per set, with senior middle hitter Rebecca Bartnicki leading the way with 16 kills. Two other Warriors players had at least 10 or more kills on the night. Kaitlyn Monck recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs, and Kyra Platzek contributed 10 kills, one dig, and one block assist for the road team.
Two other Warriors student-athletes finished in double figures when it came to digs. Erica Fee, who also recorded a serving ace and four set assists, tied Monck with 14 digs. Rieley Rodman finished with 10 digs and three set assists.
However, the Vikings (4-6) would not go down easy on their home court. After falling behind in an 0-2 hole, Bethany Lutheran College tried its hardest to not get shut out at home. Ebenhoe was very impressed with how her team took care of business and battled through a grueling third set.
"The third set was where we showed our grit and determination to battle back from a deficit and win in extra points," said Ebenhoe.
When it comes to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) volleyball, sets are usually determined when a team records 25 points in rally scoring. However, since a team has to win by at least two points, the third and final set went into extra points.
The Warriors will look to make it two consecutive wins when they go on the road to No. 21 Bellevue University (10-3) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Waldorf is winless (0-2) against ranked opponents this season. The Bellevue University Bruins are currently ranked No. 21 overall in the NAIA Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Conference.