Volleyball Battles Through Difficult Weekend at the Corn Palace

Left: Aaliyah Dunbar and Marissa Waddel block to the floor and Right: Chloe Corbett and Destiny Vazquez focus in on receiving a serve.
Left: Aaliyah Dunbar and Marissa Waddel block to the floor and Right: Chloe Corbett and Destiny Vazquez focus in on receiving a serve.

Grace University Volleyball (2-5) had a difficult time up at the Dakota Wesleyan Invite hosted at the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.   The Royals went 0-4 on the weekend losing to three GPAC schools and one from the HAAC conference.  

Grace versus Mt. Marty College:

Grace dropped its first match of the tournament Friday morning to Mt. Marty College, 0-3 with scores of 21-25, 22-25, and 17-25.  The result put the Lancers to 2-0 on the season and the Royals to 2-2.  In the match, the Royals were unable to overcome Mt. Marty's .327 hitting percentage having 42 kills and only 9 errors.  Offense for the Royals was led by Taylor Thompson with 11 kills.  The Royals defense, led my Libero Chloe Corbett (15 digs) was able to grab 46 other attacks but could not keep all of them off the floor.   The Royals offense just couldn't get going earning on 31 kills and suffering 18 errors for a .129 hitting average for the match. 

These two teams face off again this upcoming weekend at the College of St. Mary's volleyball tournament, site hosted by Grace University. 

Grace versus Dakota Wesleyan: 

Chemisty was an issue for the Royals in the second match of the tournament.   The Royals dropped the match 18-25, 19-25 and 13-25.  Dakota Wesleyan moved to 5-2 and the Royals dropped to 2-3.  The Royals had streaks throughout the match where they battled point for point with DWU but could not avoid giving the Tigers runs of points in the middle.  The effort seemed to be there for the Royals, but things just weren't coming together. 

Errors were an issue for the Royals having only 5 more kills than errors (27 kills to 22 errors) over the course of the match.  Coach Moore comments, "It is difficult as a hitter because you have to put enough pressure on the play to execute a kill, but you have to have enough control to keep the ball in play. Strong defensive teams can be difficult to score against and we just couldn't make it happen in this match." 

Becca Entz led the Royals offense with 10 kills and a .286 hitting percentage.  

Grace versus CSM: 

On Saturday, Grace opened its day facing College of St. Mary's for the second time in one week.  The Flames came out hot trying to prove their worth against the Royals after losing at home on Wednesday.  CSM proved better on Saturday, overcoming Grace 25-19, 25-22, and 25-11. Grace just couldn't get into rhythm against CSM and things seemed to be clicking on the Flames side. Taylor Thompson had 9 kills for the Royals followed by Becca Entz with 4.   Kara Peters gave 23 assists and snagged 7 digs.  Thompson led digs with 12 followed by Chloe Corbett with 8.  

Grace versus Clarke:

Heading into the fourth game of the weekend the Royals focused in on regrouping to have the best match of their weekend despite dropping to Clarke 25-15, 25-18 and 22-25.  Clarke beat all four of their opponents on the weekend, being the victor of the tournament without suffering a loss.  The Royals held their own in the match and really made Clarke work for every point.  

Kara Peters led offensively and defensively running the floor as a setter handing out 19 assists and grabbing 10 digs.  Offensively Taylor Thompson earned 7 kills, Peters earned 7 kills, and Aaliyah Dunbar earned 6.  Chloe Corbett had 18 digs.  The team had its best hitting percentage of the weekend at .168 and executed the strategies of the match in order to be effective for the kill.  

Up Next:

The Royals site host the CSM Tournament on September 8-9.  They play Briar Cliff and Presentation on Friday, September 8th at 2 and 8pm at the Jim Classen Gymnasium.