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Lindsey Wilson Volleyball plays for National Title tonight!!!
No. 1 Lindsey Wilson Volleyball advances to NAIA title game with 3-0 win over Missouri Baptist in NAIA National before crowd of 620. LWC makes it to the title game for the first time after reaching its second national semifinal. STATS
Next: Lindsey Wilson Volleyball vs Dordt (Iowa) in finals of NAIA National Championship match at 7pmCT, Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Tyson Events Center, 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa.
By Chris Wells, LWC Sports Information Director
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Top-ranked Lindsey Wilson blocked its way into the title game of the 2017 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by Delta Hotels, with a 3-0 win over No. 13 Missouri Baptist today at the Tyson Events Center.
Lindsey Wilson (34-0) faces No. 4 Dordt (Iowa) at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday in the national championship match. The match will be live on ESPN3.
The Blue Raiders stifled the Missouri Baptist (34-9) offense with a season-high 13 team blocks. A balanced offensive attack -- four Blue Raiders finished with double-digit kills -- also helped propel Lindsey Wilson into the program's first title game.
Lindsey Wilson prevailed in a back-and-forth opening set 25-22.
The Blue Raiders overcame a lull in the middle part of the set -- trailing 15-10 -- to methodically climbed back and tie the set at 18-18 on a Grace Blomstedt block. Blomstedt finished with nine blocks -- one solo and eight assisted blocks -- while contributing 10 kills and a .350 attacking percentage.
The Blue Raiders ultimately used a 6-2 run to take a 21-19 lead into the final stages of the set.
After the two teams exchanged points, moving the score to 23-22, Lindsey Wilson won the final two points of the set to seize a 1-0 lead in the match.
Elly Burke led the Blue Raiders with five kills in the opening frame while Blomstedt and Paulina Sobolewska each chipped in three kills. Sobolewska also added six digs on her way to her sixth straight double-double in the tournament. She finished the match with 11 kills and a team-high 17 digs.
Missouri Baptist committed 10 hitting errors in the set -- part of seven team blocks by the Blue Raiders in the opener. The Spartans finished the set hitting just .091 as a team.
The second set provided an ample amount of drama as the Blue Raiders won 32-30 in their longest set of the season. Lindsey Wilson finally clinched the set on their fifth set point. The Spartans were one point away from winning the set three different times but could never get the necessary point to pull even in the match.
The highly-contested second frame produced 22 ties and nine lead changes with neither team able to take more than a three-point lead.
Trailing 8-5, Lindsey Wilson used the longest run of the set -- a six-point spurt -- to take an 11-8 advantage. Missouri Baptist reclaimed some of its early-set momentum to pull even at 20-20.
With Lindsey Wilson leading 25-24 and serving for the set, Missouri Baptist's Ana Oliveira recorded one of her 11 kills to knot the set at 25-25. The Spartans took advantage of a Blue Raider hitting error to go on top 26-25.
Yeniffer Ramirez saved the set point with one of her 10 kills to tie the set at 26-26.
Facing set point again at 29-28, Burke and Makenzie Montano recorded consecutive kills to give Lindsey Wilson the one-point edge at 30-29. Oliveira again tied the set at 30-30.
Lindsey Wilson ended its longest set of the season -- and just the second beyond the normal 25 points to win -- with kills by Ramirez and Blomstedt to win the set 32-30 and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
Ramirez led Lindsey Wilson with six kills in the set without an error in 10 swings. She added a pair of block assists as the Blue Raiders tallied four team blocks in the frame. Blomstedt and Burke each had five kills.
The third set began much like the second ended, with the two teams exchanging blows.
Tied at 6-6, Lindsey Wilson used one of its patented runs to gain some much-welcomed breathing room.
Burke started an 8-2 run with a pair of kills. She finished the match with a team-best 13 kills and a .303 attacking percentage. Sobolewska added three kills in the spurt while she and Blomstedt provided a pair of combo blocks.
Missouri Baptist made one last surge winning three of four points to cut the Lindsey Wilson lead to 19-14. But a Burke kill and two Spartan errors silenced the Missouri Baptist run and sent the Blue Raiders on the course to the title game.
Blomstedt and Sobolewska put an exclamation point on the match with back-to-back kills to give Lindsey Wilson the 25-16 third-set win and its 31st sweep of the season.
Sobolewska ended the third frame with six kills to lead Lindsey Wilson to its best attacking set of the match at .390.
Montano and Caitlyn Tino again shined in their collective roles. Montano posted a match-high 43 assists to go along with eight digs and six kills. Tino added 16 digs, three assists, and a service ace.
Missouri Baptist's Marion Couraud finished with a match-high 19 kills.
Lindsey Wilson makes it to the title game for the first time after reaching its second national semifinal. The Blue Raiders face Dordt (34-7) for the championship after the Defenders beat three top-10 teams in bracket play to advance to the finals.
First serve is slated for 7pmCT at the Tyson Events Center
This story was posted on 2017-12-02 15:52:05
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