Women’s Volleyball Clinch First Place in GLVC East

Nicole Kappelman, Assistant Sports Editor

The Lewis University women’s volleyball team has earned themselves a first-place spot in the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference after a big win on Oct. 18 against Indianapolis.

“It’s a really great honor to be in first place right now,” redshirt freshman libero Nicole Yuede said. “Being in first, though, means that teams are going to give us their best games, so we have to be prepared for whatever is thrown at us.”

The Flyers traveled to Indianapolis to take on the Grey Hounds. Redshirt junior outside hitter Kim Vertin aided her team in the victory with 14 kills, seven digs and two block assists, while redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alexis Davito had 11 kills and four block assists. Yuede picked up 11 digs, and junior setter Leigh Barea collected 31 assists.

The women’s team ventured to Rensselaer, Ind. where they took on the Pumas of Saint Joseph’s and the Thorobreds of Kentucky State on Saturday, Oct. 19. The 3-2 win over Saint Joseph’s secured the Flyer’s first-place advantage, while the 3-0 victory over KSU gave them a chance to look at a potential regional opponent. Sophomore outside hitter Cassidy Parsons had her second double-double of the season, while Barea collected 42 assists in the victory over the Pumas. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren O’Brien had nine kills for the Flyers, and senior setter Vivian Pritz captured 13 assists in the shutout against the Thorobreds.
The 2013 GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament opened up with a tough loss for the Flyers on Friday Oct. 25. The 3-2 loss to Northwood University bounced the team’s overall record down to 15-6 on the season thus far. It was Vertin, however, who shined for her team over the weekend. Collecting her fourth double-double of the season against Northwood, Vertin posted a career-high 24 kills and 10 digs.

Vertin proved herself a selfless player and noted that everything she does is done in order to make her and her teammates better.

“During games, I’m honestly striving to do whatever I can to help our team win,” Vertin said. “If our team needs more kills or better serve receive or defense, I’m usually just trying to pick that up so it can make the rest of the team a little better.”

Coming into the tournament on Saturday Oct. 26, Lewis took on Hillsdale College. With the 3-0 sweep, Vertin had 10 digs and three block assists, while Davito picked up 13 kills and also three block assists. Freshman libero Carolyn Norjiri saw action, where she collected 17 digs.

“I had so much adrenaline going through me.” Norjiri said. “Getting the chance to prove myself to everyone in such a big tournament was an honor.”

In the last game of the day, however, the Flyers fell to No. 22-ranked Ferris State in a 3-0 loss. It was after this performance, though, that Vertin was named to the 2013 GLIAC/GLVC Crossover All-Tournament Team.

“It was such an honor to find out I had been named All-Tournament,” Vertin said.  Out of hundreds of girls, only 12 were named to the All-Tournament Team. Being recognized like that definitely felt like a huge accomplishment.”

Despite the loss, the Flyers remain in first place in conference play and move to 16-7 on the season.

“Personally, and as a team, we come into every game one by one, trying to find every individual team’s weakness and strengths and just trying to use that to our advantage,” Vertin said. “Unfortunately we came up short in two games this weekend with a close game to Northwood and a loss to Ferris. But, with every loss, the beautiful thing about this team is that we continue to learn from each loss and we grow from it.”

Norjiri added that while the weekend may not have gone in their favor, so much was still won off of the court.

“Yeah, we didn’t come out of this tournament with the best record,” Norjiri said.  “But we learned so much as a team and battled for every point.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings us.”

Nicole Kappelman
Nicole Kappleman is the sports editor for the Flyer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *