Sept. 16, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team rode a balanced attack to a 25-18, 25-19, 25-9 sweep of Monmouth JV on Monday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
Sophomore outside hitter Erika Hibberd (Pekin) led the Chargers (6-8) with nine kills while sophomore middle hitter Caitlin McVay (Rockridge) added eight kills and sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) chipped in with seven kills.
A 7-1 spurt helped give the Chargers a lasting lead in the first set at 19-13. Down 15-12 in the second, Sandburg went ahead for good by taking nine of the next 10 points, which included three kills and a block by McVay. The Chargers quickly put the third set out of reach, winning 14 straight points after the Fighting Scots (0-3) took the set’s first point.
“This was a really good all-around team win,” Sandburg coach Todd Winkler said. “We got off to a good start, and we had a lot of contributions from a lot of players. It was a good tone-setter for conference matches the next two nights.”
Mahr finished with a team-leading 21 assists and served a pair of aces. The Chargers picked up 14 blocks, led by six from freshman middle hitter Rachel Barr (Mendota), and freshman libero Justine Bodenhamer (Avon) had a team-best 22 digs defensively.
Sandburg plays an Arrowhead Conference match at Illinois Valley at 6 p.m. Tuesday before returning home to face Black Hawk in another league match at 6 p.m. Wednesday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.