The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 18, 2013

DACC volleyball team loses 3-2 in home opener

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Lewis and Clark was visiting DACC on Tuesday at Mary Miller Gym and with the match tied at 2-2, the fifth game was full of back and forth action before the Trailblazers pulled out the victory in the final game 15-13 to win the match 3-2.

DACC coach Amber Galleguillos thought her team started slow but picked up the intensity during the middle of game 1.

“The team was more aggressive and had a better passing game in their home debut then recent matches,” Galleguillos said.

The Lady Jaguars started slow in game one as the Trailblazers Rolled off nine straight points to take a 12-3 lead. As the Lady Jaguars clawed their way back into the game, it was 19-18 when the Trailblazers served three aces for an 22-18 lead.

Mackenzie Baker got a kill to pull the Lady Jaguars within three, but that was as close as the Lady Jaguars would get as they lost the first game 25-20.

Throughout games 2 and 3, the Lady Jaguars became more consistent with their play and the passing was better and they were able to get better swings on many occasions.

Middle hitter Paige Thevenin drove home the winning point to tie the match 1-1 with a 25-22 game 2 win.

“The team was talking better and the team chemistry was improving,” Thevenin said. “The team didn’t give up and pulled together to fight until the end of match. We kept their heads up and played hard.”

The match was very much back and forth with both teams playing well during spurts and games four and five ended up going to Lewis and Clark as they pulled out the victory 3-2.

Lewis and Clark coach Jim Hunsting said, “We used aggressive serves and figured out where the opening were to secure the victory,” Lewis and Clark coach Jim Hunsting said. “ (DACC) was very scrappy and they always brought the ball back over and never stopped fighting.”

“We got better throughout the game and the team played hard but there’s always room for improvement, DACC captain Lauren McKenzie said. “We need to finish now for more wins.”

The next home game for DACC will be against rival and No. 3 Parkland on Sept. 25.