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LWC Volleyball sweeps TX Wesleyan in Championship opener

Victory matches previous program win-streak of 29 straight
Next: Lindsey Wilson Volleyball v Jamestown (ND) at 10amCT on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Tyson Events Center, 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa

SIOUX CITY, IOWA - (Tue 28 Nov 2017 - Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball cruised in its opening match of the 2017 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by Delta Hotels, defeating Texas Wesleyan 3-0 on Tuesday at the Tyson Events Center.

With the win, Lindsey Wilson (29-0) improves to 1-0 in pool play. The Blue Raiders face Jamestown (ND) on Wednesday and Cornerstone (MI) on Thursday to close out the pool play stage of the national championship.

Lindsey Wilson outhit the Rams (27-5) .452 to -.009 in the win. It marked the first time this season that Texas Wesleyan was held to a negative hitting percentage. Lindsey Wilson finished the match with 10 team blocks -- two solo and 16 block assists -- to stifle the Ram attack.

The Blue Raiders match the program's winning-streak record with 29 straight victories.

Lindsey Wilson sprinted out of the gates, scoring 11 of game one's first 12 points en route to a 25-9 opening-set win.

Grace Blomstedt and Elly Burke led the Blue Raider attack with four kills each during the set. The Blue Raiders closed the first set with 15 kills and just one error in their 28 swings.

While the offense was clicking, Blomstedt led the Blue Raider defense with a solo and an assisted block. When the Ram attack did manage to get through the Blue Raider block, Caitlyn Tino and Paula Sobolewska provided court coverage with four digs each in the first frame.

Texas Wesleyan finished with just six kills while committing eight errors for a -.061 attack.

Lindsey Wilson broke away from a competitive start to the second set to win the second 25-10.

The Blue Raiders and the Rams split the first six points and Lindsey Wilson led 6-5 before exerting its will over Texas Wesleyan.

Lindsey Wilson used a 6-1 run to take a 12-6 lead forcing a Texas Wesleyan timeout. Sobolewska led the spurt with a pair of kills. She finished with a match-high 13 kills and a .400 attacking percentage. She added 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.

Following the timeout, the two squads exchanged points before another impressive run by the Blue Raiders.

Up 15-10, Lindsey Wilson closed the second set with 10 straight points on Sobolewska's serve.

Sobolewska produced three kills and a service ace during the run while Blomstedt and Makenzie Montano each contributed a kill and combined for three blocks.

Sobolewska finished the second set with six kills while Blomstedt chipped in three kills, one solo block and six assisted blocks in the set.

It was another strong start in the third frame for the Blue Raiders to close out the match win 25-13.

Lindsey Wilson tallied five of the first six points in the third frame and led 11-4 after 15 points.

Burke led the way in the final set with six kills in just eight swings. She joined Sobolewska in double-digit kills with 11 while posting a .733 attacking percentage.

Lindsey Wilson built as much as a 13-point lead in the final set to secure its 28th straight-sets win of the season.

Blomstedt ended the match with nine kills to go along with her two solo and seven assisted blocks. Montano provided her seventh double-double with match-highs 36 assists and 16 digs. Tino posted 15 digs.

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Elly Burke, helps LWC in pool play win, National Championships

2017-11-28 - Tyson Events Center, 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa - Photo from Lindsey Wilson College Athletics.
Elly Burke, Sophomore, Louisville, KY, helped Lindsey Wilson volleyball to a sweep of Texas Wesleyan in the pool-play opener of the NAIA National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa. Burke had 11 kills while posting a .733 attacking percentage.

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