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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • HLGU breaks long win steak

  • The Hannibal-LaGrange women’s volleyball team hosted Park University Wednesday night in an American Midwest Conference match and lost 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 in three straight sets. The loss snapped the Lady Trojans’ seven-game winning streak.
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  • JASON FARMER
    jason.farmer@courierpost.com
    The Hannibal-LaGrange women’s volleyball team hosted Park University Wednesday night in an American Midwest Conference match and lost 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 in three straight sets. The loss snapped the Lady Trojans’ seven-game winning streak.
    “We were inconsistent,” Hannibal-LaGrange coach Jade Brubaker said. “A lot of times it goes with how our outsides go. If they can get some kills, we get some energy and we play really well. Park did a nice job blocking and they were able to get some blocks and good stops on us and we kind of shutdown and lost a little bit of our confidence and struggled to side out from that point.”
    Park came into play having received 58 points in the most recent NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, good for 27th in the nation.
    “Park is a good team,” Brubaker said. “They received some votes to get ranked nationally in the Top 25, but we just didn’t execute as well as we would have liked tonight. We played well at times and hung in there. But when it came down to it, whether it was our passing or just the inability to side out we really struggled and that was kind of the turning point.”
    Hannibal-LaGrange (12-8, 7-2 AMC) fell behind early in the first set as Park built a big lead. But it didn’t last as the Lady Trojans fought back. Hannibal-LaGrange never tied or led in the first set, but by the time it was over, the Lady Trojans lost by two points, 25-23.
    “I felt like we weren’t as intense as we should have been,” Hannibal-LaGrange freshman Lindsay Smith said. “It was a tough match and I think we played as best as we could.”
    The next two sets were a different story though. Hannibal-LaGrange kept each set close early and even held small leads, but the Lady Trojans were not able to hold on. In the final set, Hannibal-LaGrange led 14-13 before Park took control of the game and dominated the rest of the way to a 25-15 win.
    “We lost confidence,” Smith said. “We stopped talking and that is pretty much it.”
    Hannibal-LaGrange had several statistical leaders on the court Wednesday. Smith led everyone on the court with a match-high 12 kills while senior Kayla Grier had a game-high 16 digs.
    “I feel like I could have done a lot better,” Smith said. “I feel like I could have helped my team a lot more.”
    Brubaker was pleased with the way his freshman played, but did echo her desire to do better.
    Page 2 of 2 - “She is really our go to,” Brubaker said. “She has been playing really well for us. She had 12 kills, but she really struggled as well as she had some errors hat really slowed us down. But, when she is playing well, we are playing well.”
    The difference in Hannibal-LaGrange’s leaders and the rest of the players was while the Lady Trojans led the statistical category, Park had multiple players with high number, just not enough to have game-highs.
    Park University (16-7, 6-0 AMC) had two players with 10 kills each as opposed to Smith being the only Lady Trojan in double figures. Park also had three players in double figures for digs whereas Grier was the only Hannibal-LaGrange player to reach that mark.
    Setting up Smith was senior Caitlin McCoy. McCoy registered 17 assists for the Lady Trojans. Senior Brook Van Es also had a game high as she recorded three aces for Hannibal-LaGrange.
    Hannibal-LaGrange will be on the road this weekend as it plays matches against Robert Morris College and Mount Mercy University on Friday as well as Clarke University and Calumet of St. Joseph on Saturday. The Lady Trojans won’t play at home again until October 9 when Hannibal-LaGrange hosts William Woods University.
    “We are going away this weekend for four matches up in Iowa,” Brubaker said. “We will have one day of practice and we are definitely going to work on some serving and passing and try to clean up our offense.”
     
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