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The Wartburg volleyball team extended their winning streak to 13 by sweeping IIAC opponent Loras College in 3 sets (25-13, 27-25, 25-20) Wednesday night.
Set one was all Wartburg as the Knights jumped out to a 6-2 lead and never trailed as Kelly Niemann’s kill clinched the 25-13 win.
Set two was a different story, however, as the teams battled back and forth before Loras went up 14-9.
The Knights came back to tie the set at 25 as Maddie Forsyth and Niemann’s block forced an attack error on Cassie Crabill.
Then Forsyth’s kill gave set point to Wartburg and the Knights took advantage as Ramey Sieck and Bailey Wilson’s block forced an error from Kenzie Goedken.
“We don’t get rattled when we get behind so sometimes you see a run go and that’s what you saw,” head coach Jennifer Walker said of the Knight’s comeback.
“We are great finishers as soon as someone hits 20, either our team or their team, we kick in the afterburners and come back and battle,” Walker said.
Loras again took the lead in set three, leading by four points multiple times at 10-6 and 14-10.
Wartburg trailed up until tying the game at 19, then six straight points gave the Knights the match.
Kelly Niemann’s kill fittingly ended the match.
Niemann had an impressive match, leading all Knights in kills with 13 and having a .065 hitting percentage.
“She has been pulling numbers like that all season, she just gets kill after kill,” head coach Jennifer Walker said.
Bailey Wilson put in seven kills of her own, Britlyn Sieck had nine and Ramey Sieck had five kills to go along with 36 assists.
The Knights beat the Duhawks in the team block category recording six while Loras only had one.
Wartburg is 2-0 in the Iowa Conference and 13-1 overall.
The Knights were off this weekend and return to IIAC play Wednesday against Simpson in Indianola.
The No. 17 ranked Knights will compete at the UW-Whitewater Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The Knights will open the tournament with former IIAC foe Cornell (8-6) Friday at 5 p.m.
The Rams ended Wartburg’s season last year with an upset in the Iowa Conference Tournament.
No. 12 Elmhurst (10-4) will be Wartburg’s next opponent Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday the Knights open with host No. 13 UW-Whitewater (12-4) at 10 a.m. and will finish the tournament with UW-Oshkosh (11-6) at noon.
IOWA CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS
Wartburg (2-0, 13-1)
Coe (2-0, 9-6)
Luther (1-1, 8-6)
Dubuque (1-1, 7-7)
Loras (1-1, 5-9)
Simpson (1-1, 3-11)
Buena Vista (0-2, 4-12)
Central (0-2, 2-10)