Victory slips through Scarlet Hawks’ fingers, crossover tournament gives hope to team

Technews Writer
Sat Oct 13, 2012
This past week, the Illinois Tech Women’s Volleyball Team was faced with certain challenges that helped shed some light on what could come of the rest of their season. It all started with the Chicago Collegiate Athletic League’s Division Crossover Tournament hosted at Cardinal Stritch University. Before the tournament the team had found out that one of their big senior middle hitters, Mariska Vandenbergh, could not compete for the rest of the season due to a prolonged knee injury which required surgery. This meant that days before a big tournament, the Scarlet Hawks needed to believe that their new freshman, Elizabeth Woltman, could fill the void. Throughout the season she has become a vital part of the team’s offense, along with sophomore setter Shea Manley. During the tournament Tech lost a match to both Indiana University - South Bend and Olivet Nazarene, who are ranked 3rd and 4th in the South Division respectively. Tech left happy though, as they did beat Purdue - North Central. At the end of the weekend the leaders were junior Kate Kendall with 39 kills, sophomore Taylor Duman with 25 kills, and senior Rebecca Bograd and Manley with 58 and 32 assists respectively. Junior Brittany Mead also finished with a total of 44 digs and Manley finished with six aces.
The positive attitudes from the tournament carried over to Tuesday's match against one of Tech's biggest rivals: Robert Morris University. This match was very important to the team because winning it would have meant another conference win. The match was fought point for point by both teams, however Tech lost by two points in the 5 set match. The final scores were 18-25, 25-14, 21-25, 26-24, 13-15. The match leaders were juniors Kate Kendall and Roma Mirutenko, finishing with 14 and nine kills, respectively, while setters Bograd and Manley ended with 20 and 18 assists, respectively. Mead led the match with 19 digs while Mirutenko followed up with 16. Even with this loss, the team has a chance of making it into the end of the year tournament, which could help them qualify for the national tournament.
Come Tuesday, October 16th to Keating Gym to support the volleyball team while they play Trinity International University. This is a big game because it is also their Dig for a Cure match, during which they are raising money for The Lynn Sage Foundation, whose goal is to find a cure for breast cancer. If you are interested in donating to this cause, please come to Keating Gym and ask for Coach Jacqui Gatt with $1.00, and you will be able to sign a banner that will be hung in Keating during the match while we present the money to a representative from the foundation.
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2012 - Fall - Issue 6