Grace’s Perfect Start Continues

Grace’s volleyball team continued its fast start to 2014, moving to 6-0 on the season with wins against Warner and Northwestern Ohio on Friday.

The Lady Lancers opened up the Embry-Riddle Labor Day Tournament with a five-set victory over Warner before beating UNOH in four sets.

“We are continuing to work on things in our lineup. I feel like we are getting better each time we play, which is encouraging,” said Grace head coach Andria Harshman. “We struggled this morning a bit after traveling, but we got our system going and eventually worked it out for the win. Ellie [Harp] was really dominant against UNOH to help us win the second game. That match was much more intense, and the girls responded well to the pressure.”

In the morning’s opening match, Grace won the first, third and fifth sets to take down Warner. The Lady Lancers had a shot to close the match in four sets, but Warner rallied with a 25-14 win. Grace recovered to pull out a 16-14 win, ending the match on a kill from Calah Kruse.

Kruse led Grace with a double-double of 16 kills and 19 digs, hitting at a .297 percentage for the match. Hannah Clemmons produced a match-high 23 digs, and Ellie Harp tallied 27 assists and seven kills.

Northwestern Ohio struck first in the second match of the day, claiming a 25-23 win in the opener. Grace tied the match with a seven-point win in the second.

The Racers were on the verge of tying the match with a 24-22 lead in the third set. But the Lady Lancers rallied to force extra points where Annie Salazar’s ace gave Grace the 27-25 win. Grace owned the fourth set by the score of 25-15.

Ellie Harp was unstoppable in all facets of the game. She pounded out nine kills on a .421 percentage, handed out 30 assists and served up 8 aces. Kruse just missed another double-double with nine kills and 25 digs, and Grace Woolsey added 9 kills, 4 block assists and 1 solo block.

The Lady Lancers put their six-match winning streak on the line again on Saturday in Florida. Grace will play Northwest at 11:30 a.m. and No. 14 Oklahoma Baptist at 7 p.m.

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