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VU Volleyball rights ship from early woes, keeps rolling with win over Lake Land

The Vincennes University Volleyball Team corrected some mistakes from its first set loss and then earned wins in three straight sets Thursday night to post its 13th victory of the season.

The Trailblazers (13-1), who received votes in the latest NJCAA Div. I Volleyball Poll, topped visiting Lake Land, 3-1, by scores of 25-27, 25-15, 25-17, 25-17.

Led by freshman Gabrielle Medrado's fifth triple-double (15 digs, 14 assists and 10 kills) of the season - plus freshman Genesis Milisde's 17 kills, freshman Cali Topolski's 18 assists and freshman Erica Kik's six total blocks - VU posted its seventh consecutive win during its inaugural NJCAA Div I season. Other statistical highlights for the Trailblazers on Thursday included 11 kills by Kik, eight digs by freshman Hanna Bullock and two aces each by Bullock and Milisde. The match's complete box score can be found at:
http://njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2016-17/div1/boxscores/20160915_cetz.xml.

In the first set, VU led throughout much of the early going but fell behind, 19-18, and had to call timeout after three straight Laker points opened up a 21-18 Lake Land advantage. VU scored on a Milisde kill immediately after the timeout, then added another point to make it 21-20 in Lake Land's favor. But the Lakers scored again and then a VU net violation made it 23-21 Lake Land. Following a hit by VU sophomore Kaeli James that fell in for a point, the teams traded points yet again before a block by Kik and VU sophomore Kassidie Hayes put up a point and tied the set at 24-all. The two teams continued to trade points and side-out until the Lakers prevailed, 27-25.

The second set saw the Trailblazers get out in front, 7-6, to launch a string of four straight VU points and prompt the Lakers to call timeout. The Trailblazers reeled off four unanswered points again a short time later and opened up a 14-7 lead. The lead eventually grew to as much as nine points at 19-10 on a Milisde ace. Lake Land was never able to cut the lead to less than seven points and VU pulled away for the 10-point win at 25-15.

Set No. 3 was never that close after VU went on a six-point binge midway through the set to go up 12-5. The Trailblazers led 20-12 when Hayes and sophomore Jordan Sprinkle teamed up to a block. The Lakers sliced the lead to 21-17 at one point but VU re-took command and put itself on the verge of winning the set with a point after a hustle play by freshman Abby Bigler, a deceptive hit by Medrado that fell in for a point and a Milisde kill. VU won the set when Bigler dug out a Lake Land smash and the ball actually traveled over the net and fell to the floor for the 25-17 decision.

The final and deciding set was characterized by VU again getting in the lead. This time, the Trailblazers gradually pulled away until extending the lead to eight points and VU maintained that margin all the way to the end for the 25-17 win and 3-1 match victory on a Medrado kill.

The Trailblazers are idle until the Parkland Classic on Sept. 23 and 24 in Champaign, IL.

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