SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – In their opening matches of the season, the Ancilla College volleyball team finished with a 1-5 record at the South Suburban Tournament.
On day one, the Chargers took the host Bulldogs to five sets but fell short by a score of 23-25, 28-30, 25-13, 25-23, 15-11. They followed with a tough loss to NJCAA Division III #6 Harper College, losing 25-20, 25-20, 25-10.
The second day started with another ranked opponent, as Ancilla took on NJCAA Division II #10 Kishwaukee College. The Chargers dropped three sets by scores of 25-16, 25-19, 25-20, then lost in five to Carl Sandberg College 25-17, 25-22, 20-25, 23-25, 16-14.
After losing their first match of day three to Indian Hills Community College 25-8, 25-18, 25-22, the Chargers picked their first win of the season by defeating Prairie State College 17-25, 25-19, 25-7, 25-19.
For the tournament, Amber Redinger led Ancilla at the net, finishing with a team high 67 kills and 24 blocks (12 solo and 12 assists), while also finishing as the co-leader in service aces with Courtney Griffith at six. Griffith and Suzanne Grimm completed the tournament with 83 and 82 assists respectively. Grimm also contributed 60 digs. On defense, the Chargers were led by Mackenzie White’s 182 receive attempts and 97 digs. Jessica Moore picked up 78 digs, as well. Mariah Kinney added 41 kills and 14 blocks (9 solo and 5 assists) and Mieka Wagner nailed down 35 kills.
“We lost a couple of tough matches in the fifth set by just a few points this weekend,” started Ancilla coach Lana Singleton. “We just did not come through at important times when we needed to. The other three losses were to two top ten teams and a Division I Indian Hills team. I am disappointed. We could have come home 3-3 versus 1-5 if we could have handled the pressure of the fifth set better. Hopefully it was a learning experience.”
The Chargers (1-5) return to the LifePlex for their home opener on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. against Morton College (IL). Ancilla plays their home matches in the Charger Arena at the LifePlex of Plymouth, Indiana.