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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Tigers split with Hillsdale, Union College

  • It was a day of lows and highs for the Tiger volleyball team on Tuesday.
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  • It was a day of lows and highs for the Tiger volleyball team on Tuesday.
    The Tigers hosted a triangular match with Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College from Moore, Oklahoma, and Union College from Lincoln, Nebraska.
    The Tigers played each team earlier in the month and were swept by Union in three sets and they lost to Hillsdale in four sets.
    On Tuesday, CCC played Hillsdale in the opening match at 4:00. The Tigers came out strong and won set one 26-16.
    They won set two in dramatic fashion, coming back from 5 down to win 27-25. Unfortunately things went south in the last three sets.
    They dropped set three 20-25, lost set four 12-25, and the final set 5-15.
    The swings that were falling for the Tigers in the first two sets stopped falling in the final three sets. CCC had over a .300 hitting percentage in the first two sets, but were negative in the final three.
    The Tigers were led by Mayuko Shono and Winona Vili. Shono hit .154 with 14 kills on 39 attempts with 8 errors. Vili hit .276 on 12 kills in 29 attempts with 4 errors.
    As a team, the Tigers had 47 kills on 145 attempts. Thirty-nine of the Tiger kills were assisted by Hannah Crandall.
    Defensively the Tigers recorded 55 digs as a team. A pair of Tigers had double digit digs, 15 by Brittany Bergstrom and 13 by Samantha Dahl.
    Coach Ludwick challenged her team to shake off the disappointment of the first match before their second match with Union.
    After the first set it looked like the ladies didn't get the message. Union jumped out to a quick lead and won the opening set 25-16. The Tigers finally got things going in the second set winning 25-21.
    From there the Tigers kept rolling wining set three 25-19 and set four 25-21. The big stat for the Tigers in the final three sets was serving. The Tigers served up 8 aces, 5 of them Mayuko Shono.
    The Tigers also hit the ball extremely well also. As a team they recorded 56 kills on 173 attempts and 29 errors for a .156 hitting percentage. Shono was on fire for the Tigers with 19 kills on 42 attempts and just 4 errors for a .357 percentage.
    Israel Espinosa and Brittany Bergstrom joined Shono with double digit kill totals, each recording 11 kills.
    Hannah Crandall set the ball well and notched 45 more assists, to give her 236 for the season.
    The Tiger defense was all over the floor recording 90 digs in the four sets. Samantha Dahl and Kathryn Lott led the way with 22 and 18 digs respectively.
    "The wheels came off against Hillsdale,” Tiger coach Christina Ludwick said. “We had a huge opportunity in game 3 to sweep but we just fell apart. It's typically really hard to come back from a game like that, but the girls worked their tails off to put Union away. Hannah was making clutch decisions late in the game and Mayuko was unstoppable. It feels good to win."
    Page 2 of 2 - The Tuesday split leaves the Tigers at 3-10 on the season. They have two days to get ready for a pair of conference road matches this weekend in Iowa and Nebraska.
    The Tigers will play Waldorf College at 5 p.m. on Friday evening, and then College of St. Mary on Saturday at 1 pm.
    They will also play non-conference opponent AIB College of Business on Friday evening at 6:30 pm.

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