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Scots prepare for Knox Invitational

September 15, 2017

Monmouth’s girl’s volleyball traveled out to Indiana for a four-game two-day tournament.

The Scots would start the weekend off with the first game against the host Rose-Hulman. Rose-Hulman came into the game on a three-game win streak.

The host team would come out playing very well winning the first two sets. However, the Scots would heat up in the third set but ended up falling short in the game by a score of 25-23. The team was led by sophomore Ashley Ferris who had ten kills.

In the next match, later that day, the Scots would take on Anderson University’s Ravens. The Scots would start off hot winning the first set 25-16. However, the Ravens would come back taking the next two sets.

Monmouth would hold strong in a close fourth set winning 25-23 to force a fifth and final set. The Scots would fight hard but came up just short falling to the Ravens 15-11. The Scots were led by sophomore Carly Bergerhouse who had 31 digs, as well as sophomore Laura Dulee who had 17 assists.

The Scots would come back the next day and have a very tough matchup against William Woods University who came into the game 6-2 and on a four-game winning streak.

The Scots would come out slow in the first set but battled in the next two sets losing by scores of 25-18 and 25-17.

Senior Bridgett Rayhill and junior Becca Dabrowski would lead the team with six kills each. Both sophomore Laura Dulee and senior Kylie Gerhardt had nine assists each.

In the final matchup of the four-game weekend, the Scots would have another tough matchup against North Central College who came into the game with a record of 4-1.

The Scots gave it their best but couldn’t outlast the Cardinals of NCC losing the matchup in three sets. Becca Dabrowski led the team with seven kills, and Carly Bergerhouse led the team with 21 digs.

Although the weekend did not go exactly as planned for the Scots, there were still some valuable lessons.

Senior Bridgett Rayhill says, “This past weekend was an eye-opening experience for us as a team. Although the outcome wasn’t what we wanted, we grew together, and learned some really important things,” Rayhill would also go on to say, “Our hashtag this year is #BelieveInWe, so our main focus this year is believing in ourselves, and believing in the team as a whole.”

A positive take away from the weekend: junior Becca Dabrowski received all-tournament team for the second weekend in a row.

Becca also said this about the past weekend, “The results from this weekend did not show how we grew as a team. We improved so much as a team by learning how to get out of our heads into the game to just have fun.”

With it still early in the season, the Scots can use this last weekend as a learning experience and look to recover with a four game Tournament this weekend at Knox College.

Dominic Decello
Contributing Writer

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