University of Chicago falls short in volleyball match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Sports Writer

In spite of a 25-17 explosion to win their first set of the match, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Womens Volleyball Team fell 3 sets to 1, in a best of five series match against 11th ranked Juniata College on Saturday evening at the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center, 5530 S. Ellis Ave.

“When it comes to volleyball, you have to win the serve and pass game and tonight we didn’t do that,” said Sharon Dingman, head coach of University of Chicago Womens Volleyball team.

Dingman was right, as the U. of C. Maroons went on to lose their next two sets by the scores of 25-20 and 25-23, falling behind 2 sets to 1, mainly due to 12 attack errors from the serve and pass game that plagued them early in their second match.

“The big [turn around] for us was that we had to play a little bit more gritty,” said Heather Pavlik, head coach of Juniata College. “Sometimes you may not have your best stuff working but you have to grit your way through it.”

In the third set, the Juniata Eagles would withstand an eight-point rally by the Maroons, but would counter with a three-point rally of their own. Earning two kills and an ace, while displaying a strong serve and pass game for a 25-23 match win. In the fourth and final set, both teams were tied at 10-10 before the Eagles took nine of the next 11 points to build a lead and eventually close out the game at 25-19.

Final Score: Juniata College 3, University of Chicago 1

The Maroons finished with 43 kills, 16 errors on 136 attempts. In addition to 53 digs, five blocks and 17 aces. 

Hyde Park Herald Players of The Game: Sarah Muisenga, U. of C. sophomore, right hitter, 16 kills; Audrey Scrafford, U. of C. sophomore, outside hitter, double-digits in kills with 10; U. of C. senior, setter Erin Risk tallied 30 assists and 15 digs.

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