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Red Wolves Pick Up Twentieth Win in Rout of Lawrence Tech
October 14, 2013IU EAST BROADCAST SPORTS
RICHMOND, Ind. – The IU East women’s volleyball team (20-10, 6-1) earned its twentieth win on the year in a 3-0 sweep of Lawrence Tech (25-23, 25-18, 25-21). On perhaps a day where everyone wanted to be outside enjoying the glorious weather, they instead were packed into the gym on a somewhat sleepy Sunday.
The Red Wolves let the visiting Blue Devils hang around despite clearly being the more athletic squad early on. The slow start wouldn’t prove to hurt the home team, as IU East would clean up its play on offense and defense forcing the outmatched Lawrence Tech Blue Devils into a flurry of hitting and passing errors which ultimately proved to be the demise of Lawrence Tech.
“It’s just weird coming in on Sundays.” Stated IU East head coach Adam Stevenson. “Sundays are always thought of as lazy days, so yeah, it’s hard to get up for these games sometimes.”
The flurry of big swings coming from the Red Wolves side of the net wore down an already outmatched Lawrence Tech back row throughout the match. The powerful hitting by IU East was highlighted by a second set in which the Red Wolves hit .346 and included 4 service aces to an array of scoring.
“We try and have more aces than errors, but obviously we can’t always do that. I like to be aggressive serving and hitting, so it’s nice to see six aces on the stat sheet. It’s easy for our girls to start tipping when they see everything hit the floor.”
Along with the aggressive hitting the Red Wolves displayed, they also got some offensive production out of junior setter Lindsay Kurz (Indianapolis, Ind./ Indianapolis Lutheran High School). The quick tips from Kurz kept the Blue Devil defense off balance all afternoon as she attributed three kills to the Red Wolf attack.
“We always like to see Lindsay get involved in the offense. If the defense knows that we can get contribution out of the setter, then we’ll always be able to keep them on their heels. It’s a big advantage for us.”
IU East will return to action Oct. 18 at Berea, Ky when they take on three Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents in a key tripleheader that will make or break the Red Wolves conference championship hopes going into the pivotal and possible “championship game” as IU East will host Asbury in a senior night showdown as both schools could possibly play for the conference title as IU East and Asbury both own only one loss apiece.