October 13, 2012 – Just call the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Illinois Hillsdale West.
The Charger volleyball team wrapped up a perfect weekend at the 2012 Mizuno GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament with a 3-1 win over GLVC #2 seed Missouri S&T University Saturday afternoon. Hillsdale is now 11-9 overall on the season and returns to conference play at Ashland and Lake Erie College next weekend.
In the three years the country's largest regular season Division II volleyball tournament has been held in Aurora, Hillsdale has a 9-0 record, the only team in either conference that can sport that kind of record at this event. The Chargers have played some outstanding volleyball in a challenging environment, with seven other matches going inside the facility simultaneously.
Saturday's match saw Hillsdale top a Miner program that had gotten off to a 9-0 start in GLVC play, and earned that conference's number two seed entering this tournament. Missouri S&T showed some of that talent in winning the first set 25-21. But just like Friday's late match against Rockhurst, Hillsdale responded to a set one loss with superior play throughout the remainder of the match.
After a team hitting percentage of .000 in the first set, the Chargers came back with a combined hitting percentage of .295 over the match's final three sets. Hillsdale beat the Miners by scores of 25-15, 25-23 and 25-20 to sew up the win.
Senior Lauren Grover was brilliant once again, with nine kills, a .571 hitting percentage, three solo blocks and four block assists for the Chargers. With excellent sets from Alexis Waugh and Sydney Lenhart, Grover was too quick and strong for the Miners' block on the other side of the net.
Junior Caitlin Kopmeyer and freshman Emily Wolfert shared the team lead with 14 kills apiece. One day after setting her career-high in kills, Wolfert turned in another fine double-digit performance, while Kopmeyer was her usual consistent self, generating nine digs defensively. Junior Bekah Draves had seven kills with a .273 hitting percentage.
Lenhart had 26 assists and 16 digs for Hillsdale, while Waugh (pictured) handed out 16 assists. Sophomore Bailey Lindner led the Chargers again with 22 digs in the match, and freshman Haylee Booms had six kills with no errors, two solo blocks and four block assists.
Hillsdale now has a lifetime record of 13-2 at the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament, the best of any team in either conference. This season, the Chargers have rallied impressively from their 1-7 start. Hillsdale has won 10 of its last 12 matches, and wins over three quality regional opponents this weekend, figure to work strongly in the team's favor as regional rankings are determined in the next couple weeks.