GOSHEN,Ind.- The Goshen College Women's Volleyball team defeated long awaited conference rival Mount Vernon Nazarene University in three intense sets Tuesday night. The Lady Leafs were very focused on the win, but needed to comeback from early deficits in each set to achieve it.
"Jamie really was our go to person on the outside and she brought her ‘A' game," said head coach Jim Routhier of his sophomore outside hitter.
Jaime Stack (Goshen, Ind.) stood out on the stat sheet with 11 kills and just behind fellow sophomore libero Missy Mackowiak (North Liberty, Ind.) with 13 digs for the night. Stack has continued to prove her necessity on the court with her team-high 130 kills on the season. Mackowiak (17 digs) is equally as necessary on the court, leading the Crossroads League with 268 digs.
My middle hitters and blockers dominated the game for the Leafs with Emily Waits (Goshen, Ind.) and Melanie Myer (Elkhart, Ind.) putting up solid numbers, Meyer with 10 kills and Waits with six kills and three blocks. The front row helps to control the new defense that the team has recently put in place and tonight they shined.
The women's volleyball team took Mount Vernon in three matches at 25-18, 25-23, and 25-17, a huge victory in their league record.
With two injured on the team, Karina Rohr-Meck (Pettisville, Ohio) and Sam Heberling (Mishawaka, Ind.) players were asked to step into new roles and this proved also to be no problem for the strong minded team.
Routhier spoke of the switch stating that, "Megan (Strock) did a very good job of stepping in for injured Sam. A tough spot to fill. I was very pleased also with freshman Kayla Riportella to step in for the injured senior Karina. She really overcame her inexperience with hustle and intensity to help us win."
Junior setter Stacy Wyse (Pettisville, OH) helped her hitters run the game by spreading out the offense and really reading the court. She dished out a match-high 32 assists, while also picking up 10 digs.
The volleyball team is now 6-10 overall and 2-5 in the Crossroads League. The Leafs next game is Friday, Sept 21st at Goshen College's Gunden Gymnasium against another conference rival, the Bethel College Pilots.