Trailblazers volleyball season ends

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November 06, 2018

WEST PLAINS, Mo. - The Vincennes University volleyball team had its season come to an end in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division I District J Tournament over the weekend.

The Trailblazers dropped a 25-14, 25-16, 25-8 decision to Missouri State-West Plains, ending their season with a 27-13 mark.

VU battled injuries and sickness over the last few weeks and again was struck with misfortune on Saturday.

Rachel Rupert, who filled in for injured front-row attacker Ariana Gentzler the last two weeks, missed the final match due to a sickness.

“We were fortunate to have Mackenzie Haworth back, but we lost Rachel as she felt ill,” VU coach Gary Sien stated.

Alison Smith, who last week was voted as the MVP of Region XXIV, led the Trailblazers attack with 10 kills to go along with seven digs.

Grace Doane added six kills.

Lucie Strasser finished with 14 assists and 11 digs.

The Trailblazers dropped three of their final five matches of the season.

“It was just a very disappointing end to the season as we had no sense of consistency,” Sien said. “We lacked our usual good ball control which made it hard to run in our system.”


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