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Lady Lancers sweep twice to end tournament

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Grace’s volleyball team ended the Olivet Nazarene Tournament on Saturday with a pair of sweeps.

The Lady Lancers downed Indiana Tech and St. Francis (Ill.) without dropping a set, despite playing shorthanded due to injuries.

In the opener, Grace beat Indiana Tech for the second time this season. The Lady Lancers (13-9) pulled out three close-set victories in a 3-0 rout.

In the first set, Grace’s offense blitzed the Warriors. The Lady Lancers had 14 kills on just one error in a 25-22 win. Indiana Tech led 17-15, but Grace overcame that deficit thanks to late kills from Naarah Foster, Sierra Smith and Caylie Teel.

Grace trailed again in the second set, falling behind 15-10. But strong serving from Savannah Hart helped Grace to six straight points. The Warriors never saw the lead again and lost 25-20.

The third set was a carbon copy. Indiana Tech led for much of the opening portions, seizing a 21-16 lead.

Grace rallied with a 9-2 run to win the set. Teel had three timely kills to give Grace momentum, and Teel and Hart ended the match with a block point to win 25-23.

Feddema had nine kills and one error for a .364 percentage, and Foster and Smith also tallied nine kills.

Teel produced eight kills and 14 digs, Alexa Hill passed out 36 assists, Sara Miller had 18 digs, and Gina Novotny added 10 digs.

Grace’s sweep in the second match of the day over St. Francis was even more emphatic. The Lady Lancers won by at least eight points in all three sets, including a 25-14 win in the third set.

St. Francis was held to 23 kills and 19 errors as a team, compared to 37 kills for the Lady Lancers.

Teel racked up a double-double of 10 kills and 15 digs, and Smith led all players with 13 kills.

Feddema was efficient with five kills on seven attempts, Miller had a match-high 23 digs, and Novotny added 12 digs.

The Lady Lancers resume Crossroads League play on Friday, playing at Huntington at 7 p.m.