Oct. 1, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team opened the second half of the Arrowhead Conference season with a 21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19 victory over Sauk Valley on Tuesday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
Sophomore outside hitter Lorren Newingham (Pittsfield) paced a balanced attack for the Chargers (11-10, 5-2) with 11 kills. Sophomore middle hitter Caitlin McVay added 10 kills, sophomore outside hitter Erika Hibberd (Pekin) picked up nine kills and sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) had eight kills in addition to a team-leading 28 assists and four aces.
Freshman middle hitters Rachel Barr (Mendota) and Sam Roth (Stark County) each had three blocks, and freshman libero Justine Bodenhamer (Avon) had a team-best 12 digs to lead Sandburg defensively.
“We grew up a lot as a team tonight,” Chargers coach Todd Winkler said. “We finally figured out that good teams don’t always win in three. We made a few adjustments during the match, they worked out well for us and we played really well at the end. I was really proud of how they reacted to a tough start.”
Sandburg, which avenged a five-set loss at Sauk Valley (11-11, 3-4) in the conference opener, dominated after dropping the first set. The Chargers trailed for just 11 total points during the final three sets and just three in the final two. Newingham had five kills during the third set and added four more in the fourth, including one on match point.
The Chargers, winners of six of their last eight, play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Black Hawk East in another Arrowhead match before playing in the Harper Tournament on Saturday in Palatine.