Gary, IN - The RedHawks opened the tri-match with Grace University and ended with the win with scores of 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20. "I was pleased overall today with how we played," said IU Northwest Head Coach Dawn Barnes." Grace University has been playing very solid defensive and we knew it would be a tough match. We had several players that stepped up today, which was really great to see. We stayed focused and determined to finish in three. We are making progress and getting better overall, little by little, added Barnes."
The RedHawks was paced by JR/OH Jade Mulvaney (JR/Frankfort, IN) who had her second double-double on the season with kills off of 49 attempts hitting .265. Led our defensive game with 26 digs. "Very proud of Jade's aggressive play in the last few matches. She is really stepping up being a leader." FR/MB/Mhejhana Williams (FR/St. John, IN) had 13 kills, 8 digs and 2 blocks to assist with our offensive. JR/Transfer Emily Wagenaar (JR/Dyer, IN) had 8 kills and another solid defensive night with 17 digs. She has paced us defensively the last few matches.
In the second match of the day the RedHawks were defeated 3 sets to 1 (27-29, 26-24, 25-17, 25-18) by visiting by the Judson University Eagles.
The RedHawks leading attackers against Judson were: JR/OH Jade Mulvaney, SO/MB Robyn Griffin (SO/Downer's Grove, IL) and FR/MB Mhejhana Williams all three had nine kills. Jade led with 18 digs and 3 Service Aces. Setters: SO/Cara Nebel (SO/Portage, IN) finished with 19 Assists and 11 digs for her second double double of the season. Freshman/Setter Maddie Maatman (FR/Beecher, IL) finished with 13 assists. JR/Cassie Bryant (JR/Cannelton, IN) had her debut as an Opposite attacker today and led with 3 service aces while JR/MB/ Alexis Blake (JR/Edwardsburg, MI) had six kills and 10 digs.
"We did a lot of things pretty well, but offensively we really struggled. When we were able to get swings and attack them a little bit more then we were having some success and either closing the gap or going point for point with them," said Barnes. "But what we were having trouble with, is we aren't consistent enough. In that last set we got into trouble and in one rotation we gave up five points in a row. Fatigue took over. In a volleyball match letting a five-point split like that in that point of the set is really hard to come back against," added Barnes. "Judson was a little more polished up at the net with the blocking game than we are. And at times did not have a response defensively. Even though we lost, we made a lot of progress I think. The positive to take for me is that we had chances and we were really close. We will focus on closing gaps sooner than later, said Barnes."
RedHawks are back in action Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when they host the Indiana University Kokomo at the Savannah Center. Match will be livestreamed.