MLC sweeps UW-Superior

NEW ULM – The Martin Luther Colege volleyball team has put a lot of hard work into practice and their matches over the last couple of seasons. It appears now that the hard work is paying off.

The Knights swept UW-Superior 25-18, 25-22, 25-16 on Saturday, finishing a weekend sweep after they came from a two-set deficit the night before. Saturday’s three-setter was just what the team needed as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference schedule picks up.

The Knights have won six straight sets now and their confidence is soaring.

“I think we just really came out and focused, we wanted to win and we decided that we wanted to be confident,” Kira Grev said. Grev finished the match with 11 kills and four set assists.

The Knights led pretty much all match, taking a 17-11 lead in the first set on a hitting error by the Yellow Jackets. They finished strong and overcame a bit of a slow start in the second set to take a two-set lead after Grev’s tip finished the set at 25-20.

The Knights dominated the third set, taking a 10-7 lead on a tip by Grev and they went up 18-10 later. They finished the sweep to move to 6-11 overall.

It was a good feeling to complete the sweep after some longer matches for the Knights this year.

“A lot of times this season, we were playing four or five-set matches, that was kind of our thing and we just wanted to take care of business in 3,” Jade St. Germaine said. St. Germaine led the Knights with 13 kills and Heidi Moldenhauer had 16 set assists. Emily Byhardt had 21 set assists for the match.

Alexis Landherr finished with 15 kills for UW-Superior.

“This goes all the way back to last year, when we were a young team, we’d lose and we’d be like ‘okay, we have to work on this, work on this,’ so then this year we came in and we had some high expectations, we did have some really tough matches,” coach Becky Cox said.?”We played a great couple of matches on the second day of our conference tournament at Morris against Northwestern, we came up short but we really felt like we turned the corner. Then we came up against Bethany [in a loss], and I didn’t feel we played poorly, I think Bethany played really well.

“But that loss, when we went into the locker room, that really woke us up and I think we have turned a corner and we gained some confidence and we’re starting to see the hard work of a year and a half starting to pay off. I think it’s been a long growth, but we’re starting to learn how win,” Cox said. “Everything is starting to come together, which is really nice.”

MLC is at Bethany Lutheran College on Tuesday.