Lindsey Wilson vs Tabor NAIA volleyball

Lindsey Wilson's Elly Burke (13) and Grace Blomstedt have helped the top-ranked squad move to 3-0 in Pool Play at the NAIA Volleyball Championships.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY -- Paullina Sobolewska recorded 16 kills, 13 digs, two ace serves and two block assists as top-ranked Lindsey Wilson improved its season record to 31-0 following a 25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11 come-from-behind triumph over No. 16 Cornerstone in Pool A play.

It was the first five-game match of the season for the Blue Raiders and it marked only the second time they hadn’t won in only three games. Elly Burke provided 15 kills, 14 digs, one solo block and four block assists while Mid-South Conference player of the year Makenzie Montano contributed 48 assists, 23 digs and six kills. The league’s libero of the year, Caitlyn Tino, had 38 digs and two ace serves.

Cornerstone (28-8) was coming off Wednesday’s sweep over Texas Wesleyan. Kendra Zwart supplied 15 kills, two solo blocks and two block assists while Heather Carlson provided 13 kills and 16 digs. Hope Leppink dished 50 assists while Mackenzie Vallad had 31 digs.

HASTINGS 3, MONTANA TECH 0: During a battle of undefeated Pool C teams, third-ranked and defending national champion Hastings swept No. 14 Montana Tech 25-17, 29-27, 25-18 behind an attack that featured 10 kills from Matti Dabovitch and nine kills from Casey Krolikowski.

Hastings (28-2) received double-double totals from setters Katie Placke (26 assists, 10 digs) and Clare Hamburger (13 assists, 10 digs). Jill Bax had a team-high 17 digs while 6-2 freshman middle blocker Lucy Skoch was a force defensively, collecting one solo block and 10 block assists.

Angela Molesworth led Montana Tech (24-9) with seven kills while setters Hannah Liss and Tori Chelini dished 13 and eight assists, respectively. Sabrina Hopcroft had 17 digs while Gena McMillan recorded 12 digs and five block assists.

PARK 3, CORBAN 0: Alissa Flint hit .394 while smacking 13 kills and adding three block assists as seventh-ranked Park clinched the Pool G championship with a 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 win over No. 10 Corban.

Noura Meawad supplied 10 kills and 15 digs for Park (32-3) while Aneisha Ford (.438) added nine kills, one solo block and four block assists. Setter Danna Gomes dished 41 assists while Celina Monteiro had 22 digs.

Setters Madison Milligan and Cierra Leopoldino each recorded 17 assists, but Corban (26-8) hit just .140 and was paced in that department by Alaina Gentili’s 11 kills. Amber Parker had 20 digs while Marandah Boeder had two solo blocks and four block assists.

WESTMONT 3, MIDLAND 0: Taylor Beckman supplied 11 kills, 16 digs and one ace serve as sixth-ranked Westmont defeated No. 11 Midland 25-12, 25-16, 31-29 in a matchup of undefeated Pool F teams.

Libby Dahlberg hit .500 while belting a match-high 12 kills for Westmont (35-3). Setters Amy Buffham and Camryn Kaina dished 22 and 16 assists, respectively. Lauren Friis contributed 15 digs while Emma Harrah had one solo block and two block assists.

Midland (21-10) became the first of four undefeated Great Plains Athletic Conference teams to drop a match in the third day of the tournament. Priscilla O’Dowd and Jenny Bair each recorded nine kills for the Warriors while setter Taylor Petersen delivered 27 assists. Jessica Nekl had 13 digs while Sydney Morehouse had one solo block and three block assists.

VITERBO 3, EASTERN OREGON 0: Setter Amelia Grahn had a productive afternoon, supplying 30 assists, 20 digs and six kills while second-ranked Viterbo swept No. 15 Eastern Oregon 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 in a battle of undefeated Pool B teams.

Grahn directed an attack where Maya Roberts and Natalie Geidel slammed 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Viterbo (37-1) received 16 digs from Baylee Gross while Aubrey Aspen had two solo blocks and one block assist.

Amanda Miller and Madisen Garlie each recorded nine kills and two block assists for Eastern Oregon (24-10), which received 15 digs from Kiley McMurtrey while Emily Nay had four solo blocks.

INDIANA WESLEYAN 3, MISSOURI VALLEY 0: Tay Thomas’ match-high 11 kills carried Indiana Wesleyan to a 25-23, 25-13, 25-17 win over Missouri Valley in a matchup of winless Pool G teams.

Katie Cole recorded 19 assists, 11 digs and two ace serves for Indiana Wesleyan (29-12) while fellow setter Emily Workman had 15 assists and 10 digs. Lauren Gross finished with six kills and six block assists while Morgan Miller contributed seven kills, one solo block and four block assists.

Deborah Constanzo led Missouri Valley (33-11) with eight kills, one solo block and two block assists. Hailey Criswell had eight kills while Kristin Sazama delivered 32 assists. Madison Sherrman had a team-high 12 digs.

SAINT XAVIER 3, MARIAN 0: Saint Xavier entered the NAIA Volleyball National Championships with the most wins (35), but could muster one Pool F triumph, a 25-23, 25-20, 26-24 decision over Marian.

Setter Courtney Joyce (32 assists, 9 digs, 2 ace serves) directed a balanced offense paced by Rory Manion’s 10 kills while Bridget Krasowski and Alex Lambros each added nine. Mariana Ayala had 20 digs, four more Emily Mayer for a team that ended the season with a 36-6 record.

Frannie Stephenson had nine kills for Marian (28-8) while setters Julie Hoying and Madi Heffron ended with 12 and 11 assists, respectively. Vanessa Lay had a team-high 15 digs.

GEORGETOWN 3, OUR LADY OF THE LAKE 0: Paced by Caroline Ricks’ 15 kills and .538 hitting percentage, 17th-ranked Georgetown hit a robust .319 while ending its season with a 25-19, 25-21, 29-27 Pool B win over Our Lady of the Lake.

Jenny Howell hit .417 while providing 13 kills, nine digs and two ace serves for Georgetown (22-6). Madison Mudd added 11 kills and 10 digs while setters Lindsay Leick and Kassidy Rauh delivered 23 and 17 assists, respectively.

Bailei Hubbard hit .579 while leading Our Lady of the Lake (24-11) with 13 kills. Anissa Tamez had 22 assists, six more than Anyssa Rivera. Raven Swain had a team-high 14 digs.

JAMESTOWN 3, TEXAS WESLEYAN 0: Morgan Hensch had nine kills to help the Jimmies win and move into the Sweet 16 with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-15 verdict in the final match for each squad in Pool A.

Haley Glasoe also had eight kills and Jessica Velander seven for Jamestown, which finished runner-up in its pool with a 2-1 record. The Jimmies (23-9 overall) will play in a first round match Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Viterbo.

Shelby Stinnett had nine kills to lead Texas Wesleyan, which went winless in three matches in Sioux City and ends its season with a 27-7 mark.

EMBRY-RIDDLE 3, MADONNA 1: The Eagles picked up their first final site win with a 22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 verdict over Madonna in a Pool C match Friday morning.

Jalin Yoder had 16 kills and Caylee Robalin 14 for Embry-Riddle, which ended its first trip to Sioux City with a 1-2 mark and ended its season at 30-5.

Madonna (29-7) got 16 kills apiece from Nicole Oestrike and Amanda Hawkins and ended its campaign with a 29-7 record.

BELLEVUE 3, LOURDES 0: The Bruins picked up a 27-25, 25-22, 25-21 win for their first victory in Pool E in a match held Thursday evening.

Mikaylah Gillespie had 13 kills and Michaela Gardner 12 for Bellevue, which saw its season end 29-13 after going 1-2 in pool action.

Lourdes (22-13) got a match-best 16 kills from Tylar Robinson and finished 0-3 in pool play.

NORTHWEST 3, OTTAWA 2: The Eagles won a see-saw match 25-20, 26-24, 25-23, 25-16, 15-12 in a Pool D match Thursday evening.

Northwest(24-10) got 15 kills from Mattie Jo Johnson and picked up its first win in pool play but was elminated from further action.

Ottawa (30-13) got 17 and 16 kills, respectively from Kenna Hall and Yuleika Jimenez.

GRAND VIEW 3, COLUMBIA 1: Kelsey Redmond had 17 kills and Erin Wenzel added 11 while leading ninth-ranked Grand View to a 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19 win over No. 8 Columbia in a key Pool H match.

Setter Trystin Luneckas supplied 40 assists, 13 digs and four block assists for Grand View (34-7), which closed Pool H play with a 3-0 record. The Vikings’ win also clinched Morningside’s second-place Pool H finish and a berth in the First Round.

Jordyn Rittman and Meagan Miller each recorded 15 digs for Grand View. Ashley Prusha had seven block assists.

Jordan Wolfe and Zori Curry each recorded 14 kills for Columbia (34-8), a 24-time national qualifier. Setters Selina Merfol and Yamilet Velazquez dished 28 and 15 assists, respectively. Gabriela Walton had 19 digs while Curry had two solo blocks and four block assists.

MISSOURI BAPTIST 3, DORDT 2: No. 13 Missouri Baptist outlasted fourth-ranked Dordt in five sets 19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-18, 16-14 to capture first place in Pool D.

Marion Couraud had 24 kills against just seven attacking errors for the Spartans.

Rachel Poole had 53 assists and Rachel Luebbers 19 digs for Missouri Baptist, at at-large selection out of the American Midwest Conference.

Ema Altena led the Defenders with 19 kills, Leah Kamp had 13 while Haley Moss and Julia Lindbergh 10 apiece.

Dordt, one of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tri-champions, received 49 assists and 10 digs from Jamie Gesink.

Dordt now faces GPAC rival Hastings in a Round of 16 match. The two meet last year in the national title match.

Late Wednesday

COLUMBIA 3, TABOR 1: Pamela Jaime had almost as many kills (17) as hitting errors (15), but it didn’t matter as the 6-foot junior outside hitter from the Dominican Republic powered ninth-ranked Columbia to a 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17 win over Tabor in a Pool H match that concluded shortly before 11 o’clock Wednesday night.

Jordan Wolfe added 12 kills and three ace serves for Columbia (34-7) while setter Yamilet Velazquez recorded 41 assists. Gabriela Walton had 25 digs while Zori Curry had four block assists.

Tabor (28-11) received 11 kills, 11 digs, one solo block and two block assists from Amy Horner. Setters Megan Voth and Keeley Kroeker dished 18 and 13 assists, respectively. Ali Jost had a team-high 23 digs while Sydney Peitz recorded five block assists.

COLLEGE OF IDAHO 3, LOURDES 1: Jackie Van Vliet’s match-high 17 kills was part of a balanced attack that carried 12th-ranked College of Idaho to a 23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-14 Pool E win over Lourdes late Wednesday night.

Van Vliet hit .500 while Alaina Slater (10 kills, 5 block assists) hit .714 for the 26-6 Coyotes. Ashley Pagan had 13 kills and 13 digs while Taylor Alexander added 12 kills. Marija Djonovic, who went into the NAIA Volleyball Nationals with a nation-best 11.63 assists per game, dealt 50 assists while Kilee Lopez had a team-high 20 digs.

Lourdes (22-13) received eight kills each from Tylar Robinson and Chelsea Lawrence while Sarah Wisser had 16 assists and 16 digs. Fellow setter Jami Markus also recorded 16 assists, Angelica Dippold had 16 digs and Emily Arnold had seven kills, one solo block and three block assists.


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