Lewis University redshirt junior outside hitter Kim Vertin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Central) collected 14 kills to lead the women's volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-20) victory over Indianapolis on Friday (Oct. 18) to take sole possession of first place in the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
The Flyers move to 13-5 on the season and 9-1 in the GLVC as the Greyhounds fall to 11-8 on the year and 7-3 in league play.
Vertin also picked up seven digs and two block assists for the Flyers. Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alexis Davito (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) picked up 10 kills and four block assists while redshirt freshman libero Nicole Yuede (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) collected 11 digs and once ace. Junior setter Leigh Barea (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek) dished out 31 assists. Redshirt freshman middle hitter Alesia Kroeker (Elkhorn, Neb./Elkhorn) had a career-high six block assists in the contest.
"The team was fired up and focused tonight," Lewis head women's volleyball coach Lorelee Smith said. "They really showed how much they love playing and supporting one another."
The Flyers out-blocked the Greyhounds, 8-0, while putting together a better hitting percentage .344 (39 K, 8 E, 90) to .118 (38 K, 25 E, 110 TA) in three sets.
Indianapolis' offense was led by Julia Watkins with nine kills while Hailey Brown added eight putaways and eight digs. Setter Meghan Binkerd had out 31 assists.
The Flyers next take on Saint Joseph's (Ind.) on Saturday (Oct. 19) in Rensselaer, Ind., at 1 PM before facing Kentucky State at 4:30 PM.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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