Spartans bounce back with sweep

Published: Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 11:14 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 11:21 a.m. CDT
Southwestern libero Jacelle Neill concentrates on a pass against Wentworth Community College Thursday night. Neill had a team-high 14 digs in the 3-0 victory.

Southwestern’s volleyball team rebounded from Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to 12th-ranked DMACC by dispatching Wentworth Community College (Mo.) here Thursday, 25-17, 25-20, 25-16.

The passing was more crisp than in Wednesday’s defeat, leading to much better attack numbers. After only five setting assists for kills against DMACC, freshman Molly Schimp had 29 assists in the three sets Thursday. The leading benefactor was freshman Alex Duffy, who finished with 12 kills. Lily Lower tallied seven kills and four blocks.

“We passed a lot better than last night,” SWCC coach Melissa Blessington said. “They did have some good, aggressive serving. But I thought we just reacted better and realized that’s what we needed to improve. The girls had a high hitting percentage as a result.”

As a military academy, Wentworth drew five recruits from the South Pacific territory of American Samoa.

“Wentworth has some really athletic girls,” Blessington said. “We had to be ready for them to keep bringing the ball back. We tried to concentrate tonight on minimizing our errors and focusing on every point. We have a big weekend ahead of us and face some pretty hard competition. So hopefully we are able to carry this win on through the weekend.”

At the DMACC tournament in Boone, Southwestern (19-8) takes on North Dakota School of Science and Colby College on Friday. Saturday’s slate is rugged, starting with 11th-ranked Kishwaukee (Ill.), which won three straight national titles starting in 2006, and No. 4 ranked Parkland (Ill.), which sports a 29-6 record.

SWCC 3, Wentworth 0

Attacks (kills) — Alex Duffy 12, Lily Lower 7, Mel Mangrum 5.

Blocks — Lower 4, Mangrum 2.

Setting (assists) — Molly Schimp 29.

Serving (aces) — Duffy 19-20 (4), Lower 19-20 (6), Ashley Strong 8-8 (2), Schimp 9-10 (2).

Digs — Jacelle Neill 14, Schimp 8, Strong 8, Katelyn Coyle 7.

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