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Gillund’s Return Sparks Scot’s Win

October 18, 2013

After two tough losses to Lake Forrest and Cornell College, the Monmouth College volleyball team bumped, set, and spiked their way back into the win column with a 3-0 rout of Illinois College. The Fighting Scots, coming into the match-up with a 7-11 record, jumped out to a fast start and never slowed down against the then-3-15 Lady Blues.

The Monmouth College offense came ready to play early, as four different players posted a point within the first thirteen serves. Even more, the only time the Scots trailed the Lady Blues was on the first serve of the night when Megan Moore was accredited with the first kill of the evening. After that, a diverse offensive attack took over as the Scots totaled their third best output in kills for three-set matches with 41. The team also drilled seven aces in the match. By the end of the second set, the offense reached a highpoint with eight consecutive scoring plays to end conclude the set. The offensive output flooded into the final set as the Scots began with a 5-0 surge.

The attack was led by starter Mackenzie Gillund, who played in her first game of the season after a knee surgery and rehabilitation forced her to sit-out. Gillund, a junior, led the team with nine kills and was second on the team in both points and percentage with 9.5 and .400, respectively. “It’s nice to have Gillund back,” said senior Karrah Kuykendall. “She brings a level of excitement and experience to the court that helps get the team pumped and excited.”

As for Gillund, she was more than ready to get back onto the court. “It’s been tough to see my team play while I’ve been rehabbing, but that’s in the past now. Now, I’m just looking to do what I can to help the team win.” One game in, Gillund has succeeded in her goals.

And it wasn’t just the offense that clicked for the Scots. The defense held the Lady Blues to only 29 offensive points and a hitting percentage of .050 throughout the three sets. The Lady Blues were led in points and kills by Megan Moore. On the Scot’s defensive side, libero Abby Butitta led the Scots with 15 digs.

The 8-11 Scots will travel to Wakesha, Wis. on Oct. 18 to take on the 13-10 Carroll University Pioneers.

Chase Mowery
Copy Editor

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