Grace University volleyball traveled across town to the College of St. Mary's arena to make history. Prior to last night, Grace University and CSM have faced off in volleyball 10 times with CSM always being the victor, but no longer. Grace Royals landed their first victory ever against the Flames with a strong 4 set win on the Flames home court.
"This win is a complete display of heart, talent and unity with these girls. The day started with adversity, but the girls overcame that challenge, banded together, and executed when it counted to get the win," Coach Courtney Moore said.
The girls started strong leading big in the first set. CSM chased back to make it interesting and Grace pulled it out 26-24. Set 2 was dominated by the Flames winning with a 0.243 hitting percentage to Grace's 0.047. The defining moment of the match was set 3 which the Flames led 24-21 when Chloe Corbett went back to the serve line. A clean and decisive 5 points later the Royals took set 3 with score 26-24. The match concluded 25-21 in the fourth.
Grace's offense, ran with poise by Junior setter Kara Peters (40 assists), was led by Senior Aaliyah Dunbar and Junior Taylor Thompson. Dunbar slammed 15 kills with only 2 errors for a 0.481 hitting percentage on the night. Thompson added 16 kills and 2 assists. Defensively, the Royals saw a new dig leader emerge, Sophomore Destiny Vazquez tallying 20 digs just edging out Senior Chloe Corbett's strong 19. Following those two was Peters with 15 and Thompson with 11.
Grace's newcomers stepped up big to help the Royals get the win as well. Alicia Pierce had 6 kills, Marissa Waddel 2 serve aces and Katie Entz contributed 6 digs on the night in her college volleyball debut.
Up Next: Grace Volleyball travels to the Corn Palace to play in the Dakota Wesleyan Tournament Invite this weekend.