Over the past decade, the volleyball programs from Hillsdale College and the University of Indianapolis have gotten together for some absolute classic matchups. The rivalry was renewed Friday night, and the Chargers came out on top.
Hillsdale played well in clutch situations, defeating the Greyhounds 3-0 at the Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena. The Chargers are 2-0, and have home matches against Glenville State and Saginaw Valley State Saturday afternoon.
All three sets were competitive, but the Chargers stepped up when the points counted the most, late in sets. Hillsdale won set one 25-18, then won sets two and three by a combined five points, 25-23 and 25-22.
The team's young players once again rose to the occasion. Freshman setter Lindsey Mertz played her position from start to finish and had a career-high 40 assists, to go along with five digs. Freshman Madie Schider played in a regular rotation in the back row, and dug up eight balls to solidify the defense.
Sophomore libero Taylor Wiese was outstanding once again, with 18 digs, many of them coming off big swings from the Greyhound attackers. Her accurate passing and court coverage have added another layer of skill to the entire team.
Offensively, junior Kara Vyletel came up with huge kills after sets were in their 20s, delivering momentum-carrying kills time after time. She led all players with 17 kills, and had six digs on defense. Junior Paige VanderWall was also very active defensively, with 15 digs. Add to that her 11 kills, and she notched her first double-double of the season.
Freshman Allyssa Van Wienen continued an impressive opening weekend as a Charger with 10 kills, giving her 23 in her first two career matches.