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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:10 am

Warriors open Lykowski Tournament with 2 wins

JOURNAL GAZETTE

The Indiana Tech women’s volleyball team opened the 2019 Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament with back-to-back victories in the opening day of the event, beating Thomas More 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-22) and Goshen 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-21) at the Schaefer Center.

Tech opened the afternoon contest with Thomas More with an early 12-6 lead after an Olivia Niekamp kill. The Saints eventually knotted the contest at 14-14 before the Warriors utilized their opponent’s errors to begin a 7-0 streak and jumped ahead 21-14. Jordan Aylward and Calista Helinski closed out the opening set with back-to-back kills, for the 25-15 victory.

The second set kept both teams locked for much of the first several points, eventually settling at 11-11 before Tech claimed the next four points. That 15-11 lead evolved as the set progressed and they would not squander control through the remainder of the set. Thomas More attempted the comeback, but were stopped short en route to a Warrior 25-20 set advantage.

Knotted at 22-all in the third set, back-to-back aces from Genna Karbowski broke the tie before Niekamp’s kill concluded a 25-22 set.

Madeline MacDonald led the Warriors with 15 digs, while Madison Parks recorded 18 assists. Aylward and Helinski each finished the opening contest with nine kills, with the latter hitting .500 for the match.

In the second contest, the “Liz Game,” Tech ran out with a 10-2 advantage after a late trio of kills from Helinski. The Warriors maintained their lead before the Maple Leaves put together a comeback to knot things at 18-all. A 4-1 streak to conclude the set gave the Warriors a 25-21 victory.

The Warriors jumping out to a 15-6 led in the second set. Their lead continuously grew as they came out with a 25-14 victory.

In the third set, the Warriors led 15-11 near the midway point. Despite a couple short runs from their opponents, the Warriors would come out on top 25-21 to claim their second match sweep of the tournament.

Aylward concluded the contest with nine kills, while Allison Cole and Havilyn Cummings finished theirs with eight and seven, respectively, with the latter hitting .545 and the former recording a .583 attack percentage. Park and Karbowski both recorded 20 assists each and MacDonald ended the night with 14 digs.

The Warriors (16-6, 6-4 WHAC) will be back in action Saturday for the second day of the tournament with first serve at the Schaefer Center against Spring Arbor set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. against Trinity International.