Sept. 10, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team earned its first Arrowhead Conference victory with a 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23 defeat of Black Hawk East on Tuesday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
Sophomore middle hitter Caitlin McVay (Rockridge) led the Chargers (5-4, 1-1) with a team-high 17 kills and four aces, and sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) added 25 assists, 11 kills and 15 digs in a solid all-around performance. Freshman libero Justine Bodenhamer (Avon) had 20 assists for Sandburg.
“We didn’t play our best game tonight, but we still were able to pull it together and pick up a win,” Chargers coach Todd Winkler said. “That’s the sign of a good team.”
Sandburg took five of the last six points to win the first set, but the Warriors (7-2, 0-1) evened the match by closing the second set on a 7-0 run. Down 21-20 in a back-and-forth third set, the Chargers won the final five points, capped by back-to-back aces from McVay, to go ahead two sets to one.
“That was a big lift for us,” Winkler said. “We came out of a timeout and the girls really responded. That was a big turning point in the match.”
Black Hawk East looked like it would force a decisive after taking a 23-21 lead in the fourth, but the Chargers rallied again, this time winning four in a row, with McVay closing it out with an ace on match point.
Sandburg plays in the Southeastern (Iowa) Tournament on Friday and Saturday before returning home to take on Monmouth JV at 6 p.m. Monday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium in a nonconference match.
Sandburg sophomore Lorren Newingham connects for a kill against Black Hawk East's Dominique Miller during the third set Tuesday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium. Sandburg defeated the Warriors in four sets.