Women’s Volleyball continues dominance in Indiana

Zack Hernandez, Sports Editor

Photo by Steve Woltmann.
Flyers junior outside hitter Elizabeth Hyland rises above the net for a kill.

The Flyers have begun their season on an absolute roll, and have improved their current winning streak during their recent road trip to Indiana over the weekend of Sept. 22.

The team handled their first opponent with ease, taking down Southern Indiana in a convincing 3-0 sweep. Senior middle hitter Aly Schneider lead the way for the Flyers, racking up 12 kills while also totaling eight blocks. Addi­tionally, senior setter Abby Becker averaged 13 assists per set, totaling 39 for the night. As a team, the Flyers put up 13 total blocks and 46 kills in the three-set match.

Impressively, the No. 3 ranked women smacked four aces in the game while the Ea­gles failed to record one.

“Abby Becker came up huge for us in that game,” said Fly­ers head coach Lorelee Smith. “Her ability to set up the hot hand down the stretch was a major reason we were able to come out with a sweep.”

The following afternoon, Lewis traveled to the Univer­sity of Indianapolis to take on the Greyhounds. The women were equally remarkable in this contest, yet again sweep­ing their Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) opponent.

Junior outside hitter Eliza­beth Hyland was extremely productive as usual, accumu­lating a double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs. Hyland was recently selected as the Baden/GLVC Women’s Of­fensive Player of the Week, and she continues to be a key component of Lewis’ success.

“It took her a few sets to lock in, but her 10 kills in the third set show her ability to take over games and just how much of a force she can be,” said Smith.

Another strong player for the Flyers was sophomore out­side hitter Alexandra Preuss, who added 11 kills, five blocks and an ace.

The victory also marked the squad’s seventh consecutive sweep, as the Flyers improved their record to 12-1 overall, 4-0 in GLVC gameplay.

The Flyers will look to keep the chemistry flowing as they prepare for many confer­ence matches and the GLVC/ GLIAC Crossover tournament in October.