Grace College’s volleyball team punched its ticket to 2014 NCCAA Nationals with a convincing 3-1 victory over Oakland City on Thursday.
The win marks the first time in program history where a four-year class has earned three trips to a national tournament.
In the opening set, the teams battled back and forth until Grace gained separation at the midway point. The Mighty Oaks (16-9) fought back to within two points of Grace’s lead, but Grace eased away to a 25-19 win on a kill from Sierra Smith.
Oakland City jumped ahead early in the second set and never looked back. Grace battled off two set points before ultimately falling 25-21.
The Mighty Oaks again led from the start during the third set, claiming a 6-2 lead. The Lady Lancers responded with an 8-2 run to grab the lead at 10-8. Grace scored four straight points to break open a 14-14 deadlock. Another timely 5-1 run late in the game gave Grace the cushion it needed, and Kari Feddema‘s kill down the line won the set 25-20.
The Lady Lancers made short work of the Mighty Oaks in the fourth set, winning 25-15 on a service ace from Jessica Scherb. Grace’s offense cruised along with 12 kills on just two errors in the set.
Kruse finished with a double-double of 15 kills on a .308 percentage and 15 digs. Bontrager had 13 kills on a .480 percentage, and Smith tallied 12 kills on a .320 percentage.
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