Eagles Bump, Set, Spike Their Way to Victory

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Sports

Rexford Sheild

The 2010 women’s volleyball team has created quite a buzz around campus with it’s first winning season in 12 years.

The Eagles finished with a 19-1 record overall and a record of 10-2 in the Norther Athletics Conference.  The 19-14 record was the first winning record in the volleyball program since 1998.

Jessica Martin goes in for a spike

After battling a tough non-conference schedule loaded with nationally ranked teams, the Eagles dominated conference play finishing third behind Concordia-Wisconsin and Dominican University.  To cap off the season, the team hosted their first post-season match since 1995, which resulted in a thrilling five-set victory against Marian University (19-25, 18-25, 25-14, 26-24, and 15-9).

With a spot in the conference championship on the line, the Eagles battled against Dominican but fell in three sets (25-21, 26-24, and 25-23).  Even though the Eagles ended the record-breaking season with a loss, head coach Paul Schlomer raved about the team’s success: “This season was great in a bunch of different ways.  We won a bunch of matches and had a great conference finish.  More importantly, this season was great because we had a team full of dedicated athletes who had a passion for volleyball and loved working hard together.”  He added that the team had a strong final record and conference finish due to their hard work and character.

The Eagles were led by captains senior Kim Luek and sophomore Mallory Palmer.  Lueck, the lone senior on the team, led the Eagles with 458 digs this year and finished her brilliant career with 1,594 digs with witch landed her second place in Edgewood athletic history.

Lueck, though, provided much more than statistics according to Schlomer.  “Her energy and competitiveness have helped to set a tone with the team that we wanted to instill from the very first day.  Even more so, we will miss her personality and leadership,” he said.

The hard-hitting Palmer led the team with 407 kills, and she established a new rally-scoring era school record for kills in a match against the University of Dubuque pounding out 31.  Because of that astounding achievement, she became the second Eagle in history to record 30 kills in a match, joining Edgewood hall of fame member Mandie Armstrong who topped 30 kills four times from 1995-1998.

Eagles huddle up during a game

Freshman Lindsey Swanby, a Berlin native, led the team in assists and sets played with 1.207 and 117 respectively.  Swansby became the sixth player in Eagle history to dish out over 1,000 assists in a season.

In addition to their already successful season, five Eagles garnered NAC post-season honors.  Palmer earned first-team all-NAC, while Lueck earned second-team all-NAC.  Swansby and Jessica Martin an East Troy High School graduate, earned all-freshmen team with Swansby also earning an all-NAC honorable mention.  Sophomore Coleen Meyers, who appeared in 20 contests for the Eagles, earned all-sportsmanship team.

The future looks bright for the program, only losing ons senior, which has Schlomer excited and anxious.  “I am incredibly excited for next season, and I wish that we could be in the gym tomorrow to get started on things,” he said.  “I fully see us putting up a very competitive team on the court next fall.  The experience our young team gained this season and lessons learned through tough wins and losses will help us to be that much better.”

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