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Scots face Grinnell in season finale

November 3, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

The Fighting Scots volleyball team competed in their final two matches of the season this past weekend. On Friday, the Scots took on rival Knox College in an away matchup, and on Saturday, Monmouth finished off their season at home against Grinnell College.

Last Friday, the Fighting Scots traveled to Galesburg to take on Knox College in their final away game of the season. Monmouth got off to a hot start in the first set, taking a 5-0 lead over the Prairie Fire. Knox scored a couple quick points but the Scots came back with a nice run of their own and had a 12-3 lead at one point.

Knox began to claw their way back into the set and cut the lead to 13-10 after a 7-1 run. Both teams went back and forth for a while, and Monmouth held a 19-18 lead as the set was reaching its end. Unfortunately, the Prairie Fire went on a 7-3 to take the first set 25-22.

Neither team could find a rhythm in the second set. One team would score and the other would come right back and tie it up. Halfway through the set, Knox had a slim 13-10 lead. It was all Prairie Fire in the back half as they won their second straight set 25-13. Knox would take the third set as well as they defeated Monmouth in straight sets to take the win.

Saturday was Senior Day for the Scots and their last match of the season as they took on Grinnell College. Early on in the first set, it was all Grinnell as they held a 13-5 lead and looked to be in complete control. Monmouth would make a huge 9-0 run and take the lead 14-13. The teams went back and forth the rest of the set, and Monmouth would eventually win the set 25-21.

Grinnell would get off to another hot start in the second set, but once again the Scots slowly worked their way back and took a 22-20 lead as they closed in on a two-set advantage over the conference’s fourth best team. Grinnell wasn’t done though as they outscored Monmouth 5-1 to win the set and swing the momentum.

Sets three and four were both close matches as well, but the Scots faltered in the back half of both of them, losing 25-19 and 25-17.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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