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VUVB completes the weekend sweep with wins over Frontier and Ivy Tech-Northeast

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University volleyball team picked up three wins over the weekend after defeating three-time defending Region 24 champion John A. Logan Friday night, then turning around and sweeping Frontier College and Ivy Tech-Northeast early Saturday.

The Trailblazers got the morning started facing off with Frontier nearly 12 hours after their match with John A. Logan ended.

VU showed no signs of being tired early, as the Blazers jumped out to a 15-6 lead in set one.

Vincennes continued to roll, taking set one of the day 25-13 over the Bobcats.

VU got off to another impressive start in set two, scoring eight of the first nine points, before Frontier launched a comeback attempt.

The Bobcats managed to cut the Vincennes lead down to one but were not able to fully erase the deficit as the Trailblazers captured set two 25-16.

Set three continued the back-and-forth battle started in the previous set.

Frontier was able to gain their first lead of the match early in set three, but the Trailblazers responded by scoring six of the next seven points.

VU rode the momentum of that scoring run through the rest of the set, taking set three and the match sweep over Frontier 25-15.

The Trailblazers were led offensively by Amee Beedle who finished with a team-high nine kills, two aces and eight digs, while also adding a block assist to her totals.

Sophomore Breanna Metzger also finished with nine kills, while also adding a solo block and a block assist.

Anna Johnsey had seven kills with three block assists to go along with a service ace.

Freshmen Emile Cornelson and Elizabeth Combs each finished with four kills, with Cornelson adding three block assists and Combs adding one block assist.

Savannah Grimes continues to run the VU offense efficiently, ending with 32 set assists, two kills, two block assist and an ace against the Bobcats.

“This was our first morning game this year and sometimes it’s difficult to play at a high level in the morning and that was our challenge,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “I thought because of that it was a good showing for us. Frontier is a tough team, they are very scrappy with good defense. I thought we blocked them pretty well, especially because we thought they were going to tip more than they did. We didn’t expect them to be hitting as hard as they did, but we made that adjustment and stopped their attacks.”

Match two of the day for the Trailblazers saw VU face off with the Ivy Tech-Northeast Titans.

In a match that saw the Titans forced to play with only six active players, Vincennes took full control early in the first set.

To say VU got off to another hot start would be putting it lightly. The Trailblazers began their second match of the day by scoring a staggering 20 straight points.

Ivy Tech was able to put together a pair of scoring runs, but the margin proved to be too much as Vincennes took set one 25-6.

Set two proved to be more of the same for the Trailblazers, scoring 15 of the first 17 points, before the Titans were able to trade side outs with VU to make the score 17-5.

The Trailblazer offense proved to be too much for the Titans as VU took set two 25-8.

Ivy Tech-Northeast showed signs of improvement throughout the match and were far from a team Vincennes wanted to take lightly, as the Titans battled early in set three, cutting the margin to 11-7.

The Trailblazers would rally and only allowed Ivy Tech to score two more points in the set as Vincennes won their ninth straight set 25-9.

Anna Johnsey and Breanna Metzger led the Blazer offense against Ivy Tech, with Metzger finishing with a team-high 10 kills, with an additional solo block and a block assist.

Johnsey finished with six kills, one solo block, three block assists and three aces.

Freshmen Amee Beedle, Jamie Russell and Elizabeth Combs all had impressive days hitting, with Beedle finishing with six kills and two aces and Russell and Combs contributing five kills each.

Savannah Grimes put up another staggering stat line, but this time it wasn’t just an insane amount of set assists (21), Grimes also finished with seven service aces against the Titans, many of which came in the first set where Grimes was held serve on VU’s 20-0 scoring run.

The Trailblazers had an impressive day hitting all around, not only having so many kills find the floor, but by also limiting hitting mistakes. VU posted a .292 hitting percentage against Frontier and .453 percent against Ivy Tech-Northeast.

“In a shortened season, you’re not going to get many matches like that,” Sien said about his ability to get all of his players some time on the floor. “In a normal season, when you have more games, we’d normally have three or four matches where we can play people or maybe use different lineups. We are looking for chances to play as many people as we can because we understand that if you don’t play, you are not going to progress.”

“We have a certain number of kids that we normally play but then we have players coming off the bench who can play at a high level, what other team in the Region has that? We’re always looking for game time for them because we’re going to need them and you never know when your number is going to be called.”

“This group plays like they are a lot more experienced than they really are,” Sien added. “We train our freshmen to play. You can’t make freshman mistakes even if you are a freshman. We play at a high level here and we consider you a high level player and in the Ivy Tech match there were times where we had six freshmen on the floor. Just a possible preview of what we’ll see next year, so we wanted to see that.”

Vincennes will be on the road next weekend as the Blazers travel to Champaign, Ill. to face-off with a pair of Division-II ranked opponents. VU will start their day against D-II No. 1-ranked Parkland College at 2 p.m. eastern, followed by D-II No. 14 ranked Lincoln Land at 4 p.m.

“The big thing is we’re playing Parkland and Lincoln Land back-to-back,” Sien said. “It’s one thing if you get to take a break between each match but we don’t get a break next weekend. The good thing is at least for now, we don’t have any games between now and then. It isn’t a bad thing to have practice time and we run some high-intensity practices. We look after each match what we need to work on, whether it’s individually or as a team. We’re going to have these days and we’ve got to take advantage of them.”

VINCENNES STATS

Frontier  13  16  15  x  x

VU (8-4)  25  25  25  x  x

Kacee Nicholson – 1 point, 1 ace, 8 digs

Savannah Grimes – 4 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 2 block assists, 4 digs, 32 set assists

Amee Beedle – 11.5 points, 2 aces, 9 kills, 1 block assist, 8 digs

Emile Cornelson – 5.5 points, 4 kills, 3 block assists, 1 dig

Anna Johnsey – 9.5 points, 1 ace, 7 kills, 3 block assists, 4 digs

Breanna Metzger – 10.5 points, 9 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 4 digs

Allyson Kuhl – 2.5 points, 2 kills, 1 block assist, 1 set assist

Jamie Russell – 2 points, 1 kill, 2 block assists

Grace Earp – 6 digs

Elizabeth Combs – 4.5 points, 4 kills, 1 block assist

Olga Vasovic – 11 digs

MATCH TWO

Ivy Tech-Northeast  6  8  9  x  x

Vincennes (9-4)   25  25  25  x  x

Savannah Grimes – 8 points, 7 aces, 1 kill, 8 digs, 21 set assists

Amee Beedle – 8.5 points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 block assist

Emile Cornelson – 3 digs, 2 set assists

Anna Johnsey – 11.5 points, 3 aces, 6 kills, 1 solo block, 3 block assists, 1 dig, 1 set assist

Breanna Metzger – 11.5 points, 10 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 3 digs

Allyson Kuhl – 1 point, 1 kill, 3 digs

Jamie Russell – 5 points, 5 kills

Grace Earp – 9 digs, 2 set assists

Claudia Mendoza – 0.5 points, 1 block assist

Elizabeth Combs – 7 points, 5 kills, 1 solo block, 2 block assists, 2 digs

Olga Vasovic – 1 point, 1 ace, 3 digs

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