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Britlyn Sieck’s 12 kills led to No. 13 Wartburg’s fifth straight Iowa Conference sweep on Senior Night at Levick Arena Tuesday.
Sieck, the team’s only senior, also had 10 digs to record a double-double.
Wartburg led set one by as many as nine points, including 20-11, but Dubuque cut the lead to 22-20.
An attack error made the score 23-20 before kills by Kelly Niemann and Maddie Forsyth handed set one to the Knights, 25-20.
The Spartans carried over the momentum from their first set comeback into the second set as the Knights only led at two points, 1-0 and 2-1, until a bad set from Nicole Toro put Wartburg up 20-19.
That point was part of a seven-point run that gave Wartburg the set two victory by the same score as the first.
The Knights never trailed in set three and cruised to the 25-17 victory and won the match, 3-0.
“Our defense is crazy good so it’s hard to score on us, and then we do a very good job of taking the ball back at them and scoring,” Britlyn Sieck said.
Forsyth had nine kills and Niemann had eight. Meanwhile, Ramey Sieck had 33 assists and Kaity Brouwer had five blocks.
The Knights had a .317 attack percentage to Dubuque’s .159. Wartburg outblocked Dubuque, 14-2.
Knights finish 3-1 at Elmhurst
Wartburg traveled to the Elmhurst Tournament for four matches over the weekend.
On Friday the Knights defeated Transylvania University (19-12), 3-0.
Later that night, Wartburg was swept by No. 10 Elmhurst (25-7). The Knights and Bluejays met once before, with Elmhurst winning in five sets.
The Knights bounced back on Saturday with two sweeps, the first over Trinity College (10-10) and the second over Wheaton College (10-20).
Ramey Sieck was named to the all-tournament team.
Wartburg vs. Coe Wednesday for IIAC regular season championship
The only two teams in the Iowa Conference with winning records will face off Wednesday to determine the conference’s regular season champion.
Last year’s champion, Coe, hosts No. 13 Wartburg at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cedar Rapids.
The Kohawks defeated the Knights in Waverly last season when Wartburg was the favorite to win the conference championship.
The Knights have only dropped one set in conference play, their first against Central.
“We’re all maxing out right now and we can tell it in every practice. We’re all playing our best volleyball at this point and that makes us pretty hard to stop,” Britlyn Sieck said.
Meanwhile, Coe has lost five sets in the conference but have won all six matches.
The winner will have home-court advantage for the Iowa Conference Tournament.
The tournament will determine the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and begins next week.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. and can be heard live on KWAR.
IOWA CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS
Wartburg (6-0, 25-5)
Coe (6-0, 20-11)
Loras (4-2, 14-16)
Dubuque (3-3, 14-19)
Central (2-3, 8-14)
Luther (1-4, 12-16)
Simpson (1-5, 9-20)
Buena Vista (0-6, 4-23)