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No. 1 LWC Volleyball beats Corban 3-0 . .

. . .advances to NAIA National Semifinals
Next, NAIA Semi-finals: LWC Volleyball vs Missouri Baptist, at 11amCT, Saturday, December 2, 2017, at at the Tyson Events Center, 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa.

By Chris Wells, LWC Sports Information Director

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Fri 01 Dec 2017) -- No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson advanced to Saturday's national semifinals following a sweep of No. 10 Corban (OR) in tonight's quarterfinals of the 2017 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by Delta Hotels, at the Tyson Events Center.

Lindsey Wilson (33-0) faces the winner of No. 12 College of Idaho and No. 13 Missouri Baptist at 11amCT on Saturday.

After a five-setter in the final match of pool play on Thursday and a four-set win in this morning's first round of bracket play, Lindsey Wilson returned to its regular-season form with a sweep of the Warriors. The Blue Raiders entered the national tournament winners of 27 three-set wins in their 28 matches.

Lindsey Wilson trailed by a single point just once in the entire match -- 8-7 in the third set. The Blue Raiders responded with seven straight points and cruised to complete the 25-16, 25-15, 25-18 win.

The Blue Raiders finished the match out-hitting the Warriors .348 to .155. Lindsey Wilson committed just 11 errors in the match. Elly Burke provided a match-high 18 kills while posting a .515 attacking percentage. She had just one error in 33 swings.

Lindsey Wilson was engaged and dangerous from the opening serve.

The Blue Raiders led 7-3 through the first 10 points on their way to the 25-16 first-set win.

Lindsey Wilson extended its lead to as many as 10 points on three different occasions in the first frame thanks to a balanced hitting attack. Grace Blomstedt and Paulina Sobolewska each contributed four kills while Burke and Yeniffer Ramirez added three each.

While the Lindsey Wilson block was not as prevalent in the opening set, Corban (27-9) was forced into nine attack errors, thanks in large part to the Blue Raiders court coverage. The Warriors were forced to go for the lines and missed.

Caitlyn Tino orchestrated the Lindsey Wilson defense from the back to the tune of six digs in the first set. Her fourth dig -- coming with the Blue Raiders leading 9-4 -- moved her to the top of the program's all-time digs list. She ended the night with a team-high 12 digs. Tino heads into the national semifinal with 2,054 career digs.

The second set proved to be competitive until the closing stages. Lindsey Wilson led throughout, but never by more than five points.

The Blue Raiders enjoyed an 18-15 lead but sprinted away from the Warriors winning the last seven points to take the set 25-15. Lauren Streets -- who made a major impact in the game with her serve -- served out the set. Burke provided two kills during the closing run, Sobolewska chipped in one and Streets added an ace to give Lindsey Wilson a 2-0 match lead.

Like the previous two sets, the Blue Raiders started strong leading 7-4.

But Corban made its biggest run of the match to take its first and only lead 8-7 with four straight points.

Following a Burke kill to even the match, Streets took the ball to serve and proceeded to help the Blue Raiders win the next six points -- four by service aces. At the end of the spurt, Lindsey Wilson led 14-8 en route to the 25-18 win.

Lindsey Wilson hit .447 in the final frame led by Burke's 11 kills on 14 swings -- a .786 attacking percentage.

Sobolewska notched her fifth straight double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Makenzie Montano also posted a double-double with 48 assists and 10 digs. Blomstedt chipped in nine kills while Ramirez added eight.

The Blue Raiders advance to the program's second national semifinals. Lindsey Wilson lost to the eventual national champion Columbia in the 2015 semifinal.

This story was posted on 2017-12-02 03:56:20
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