Oct. 9, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team had its three-match Arrowhead Conference winning streak snapped with a 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 25-22 loss to Illinois Valley on Wednesday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
The Chargers (15-12, 6-3) got a team-leading 14 kills and two aces from sophomore middle hitter Caitlin McVay (Rockridge) but were unable to answer a hard-hitting attack by the Eagles (19-9, 7-3). Sophomore outside hitter Erika Hibberd (Pekin) added 12 kills, and sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) handed out 28 assists for Sandburg. Freshman libero Justine Bodenhamer (Avon) had 12 digs and freshman middle hitter Sam Roth (Stark County) four blocks to lead the Chargers defensively.
IVCC took the final three points in the opener, including a set point for Sandburg, to grab an early lead. The Chargers rallied to even it at a set apiece by winning seven of the final eight in the second.
The Eagles, though, never trailed in the third, using a 4-0 run to go ahead for good at 13-9. IVCC had a pair of 5-0 runs in the fourth and took its largest lead of the set at 19-11. Sandburg got as close as 22-20 before the Eagles closed it out to avenge a five-set loss to the Chargers on Sept. 18.
“The effort we put in and the way we played matched the result we got,” Sandburg coach Todd Winkler said. “When you don’t make the right adjustments and put in the effort you need, that’s what happens. We definitely didn’t play our best game tonight.”
The Chargers, still winners of six of their last eight overall, next play at 6 p.m. Monday at Elgin. Sandburg’s next conference match will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Black Hawk.