By Brandon DeJesus, Staff Writer
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The Bluejays women’s volleyball team snapped a six game losing streak on Sept. 19 by edging out Carroll University in a five set match at Faganel Hall.
As a result, volleyball improved to 4-7 on the season.
Carroll took the opening set 25-18 after a 10-9 lead for them turned into a 16-11 deficit for EC.The Bluejays played it close, cutting the deficit back down to 19-17 but the Pioneers put away the Bluejays with a 6-1 run to take set number one.
After trailing 12-9 in set number two, EC used a 10-2 run to their advantage to go up 19-14 and senior Hannah Davis finished the set with one of her twenty-five total kills in this game.
EC would go on to take set three 25-12 after a 14-3 run from being up 10-5.
The Carroll Pioneers went on to take set four, starting by scoring seven of the first ten points and only continuing to add to their lead. It was 17-9 Carroll at one point and the Bluejays only cut the lead to as little as six points.
In the fifth and decisive set, EC fell behind by two points before pulling off a 4-1 run to take the lead 8-7. At 15-14, senior Mel Lundin sealed the win with a kill to earn the Elmhurst Bluejays their first CCIW victory.
After the game, head coach Julie Hall talked about what it means to get a win in the conference opener.
“It’s just been a long time since we’ve had a win, so it was good to get back in that column and know how it feels. Carroll brought everything they had against us and I give them big time kudos but our kids hung really, really tough so it was great to get that tonight,” said Coach Hall after the win.
Senior Hannah Davis was no doubt the player of the game, recording 25 kills and 1 assist. After the game she talked about what the key to success was for her and the team to get the win.
“Honestly I just tried to just keep swinging. I just didn’t try to think about it too much,” said Davis. “My whole team was so excited to finally turn the season around because we had a couple losses and I think everyone just came out determined tonight to make a statement.”
The Bluejays women’s volleyball team looks to continue this newfound momentum for their next home game against CCIW rival Wheaton College on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Faganel Hall.