GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The No. 23 Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University women's volleyball team (24-2, 15-0) wrapped up their two game road trip on the west side of the state vs. Cornerstone (Mich.) University (11-16, 8-8). The Blue Devils came out after an emotional win vs. Aquinas (Mich.) the night before and defeated the Golden Eagles in straight sets.
SET ONE (25-21)
The Blue Devils and Golden Eagles began the match with a very competitive first set. The two teams were neck and neck, with neither team able to build a lead greater than three. With the score 10-7, the Blue Devils began to give themselves a little breathing room and were able to score 10 of the next 13 points to go ahead 20-10. The Golden Eagles battled back by scoring four straight points late, but the Blue Devils were able to put them away 25-21.
SET TWO (25-14)
In set two, the Blue Devils got out to a fast start and never let the Golden Eagles back into the set. The Blue Devils scored the first six points of the set to go up 6-0, continued to dominate the set as they scored 12 of the next 16 points to go up 18-4. That was the largest lead of the set, and the Blue Devils cruised to a 25-14 win to go up two sets to zero in the match, and went into set three looking for a clean match. Zakia Hunt tallied 14 points in the second set, which was the team high.
SET THREE (25-23)
Down two sets to zero, the Golden Eagles made the third set a battle for the Blue Devils and almost forced a fourth set. The Blue Devils experience and composure proved to be much for the Golden Eagles late in the set. To start the set, neither team was able to create any separation, but LTU was able to keep the lead by a point or two and were the first 10 points. They were ahead 10-8 at this point. The Golden Eagles would not go away, and were able to take the lead over the Blue Devils, 13-14 just a few points later. The teams would return to trading blows, and were separated by just two points at the most. Cornerstone was the first team 20, and were ahead 18-20 at this point. They stretched the lead to 22-18, before LTU called a timeout, and after that timeout, scored four straight points to get the set back to even. The Blue Devils scored three of the next five to take the third set.
Hunt, once again demonstrated why she is one of the best attackers, not only in the WHAC, but in the country. She ended the match with a .478 hitting percentage and added 14 kills to her total. Kristi Doherty also continued to set her teammates up by providing 31 assists in the match. Doherty also tallied 14 digs.
The Blue Devils will be back at the Ron Ridler Field House at Lawrence Technological University for a Wednesday night match on October 30th, vs. the Warriors of Rochester (Mich.) University (2-22, 1-13). The two teams met back on September 25th, and the Blue Devils won in straight sets. Jessica Lodge led the Blue Devils in kills and digs in that match with 12 in each category. The match is set to begin at 7:00 PM.