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Women’s volleyball close to MWC championship

October 22, 2010

One of the biggest factors why the Fighting Scots have had such a great season is the hitting. When compared to opponents, the Scots are averaging almost three times the amount of kills per game.

The hitting has been led by senior Alyson Schroeter, who has been a force in the volleyball team’s best conference start in school history and was named the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week last week.

 Schroeter has been a big factor in the Scots’ 6-0 league start. She began the stretch with an eight kill performance in a 3-0 win over Knox last Tuesday.  On Friday Oct. 15, she posted 13 kills with a .429 average in a 3-1 win over Carroll. Then they wrapped up the home stand with another 13 kills in a 3-1 win over Ripon College the following day.

For the week, Schroeter averaged more than three kills per set with 34 kills on a .348 percentage kill percentage.

Along with the great hitting, the Scots have more than just physical skills to attribute their great season to.

Junior middle hitter Kendra Newlon explained, “We’ve meshed as a team a lot better than other teams and we talk to each other on and off the court. And we’ve become comfortable with each other’s personality and trust each other.”

The women’s volleyball team has not won conference since the 1982 season. However, since Coach Shimmin took over the job 13 years ago, the Scots have won close to 60 percent of the games they have played.

Shimmin is the winningest coach in school history, but has not won a conference championship.

As the season is wrapping up with only three games left, all of which are conference matches, the Scots are hopeful for a couple key wins.

“If we beat Lawrence College this Friday then we make the playoffs and then if we win Saturday against St. Norbert then we win conference,” said Newlon.

“So we all are just pumped to get two wins this weekend.”

Co-Sports Editor


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