The Hillsdale College volleyball team constantly practices in situations where the team is faced with a close score late in a set. Saturday afternoon, that practice came through in a match scenario.
The Chargers earned a 3-0 sweep of Tiffin University in a GLIAC match in Ohio, with all three sets being decided by a total of 10 points. The win was Hillsdale's second in a row and improves the team to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in the GLIAC.
The Chargers face Northwood University on the road Tuesday before finally coming home to play in its freshly remodeled Jesse Philips Arena next weekend against Malone and Walsh.
The Dragons held a 22-20 lead in the first set, only to see the Chargers rip off the final five straight points to pull out a 25-22 win.
Keying that set one comeback was junior middle hitter Lindsay Kostrzewa, who had the finest offensive match of her career. She had two kills and one block assist in the 5-0 run to end the set. Kostrzewa went on to register a career-high 13 kills to lead Hillsdale. She also committed just one hitting error and had a .480 hitting percentage. She also had two digs, one solo block and two block assists in a fine performance.
Set two was tied up at 21-21, but the Chargers scored four of the set's final five points for a 25-22 win. Kostrzewa helped close out that one with a kill and a solo block among the Chargers' final four points.
Hillsdale won set three 25-21, when sophomore Jordan Denmark had kills to account for Hillsdale's final two points of the match.
Sophomore Emily Eolfert had 10 kills and nine digs for Hillsdale, and junior Alexis Waugh anded out 17 assists and put down three service aces. Seniors Caitlin Kopmeyer and Sydney Lenhart each contributed 12 digs to lead the defense.
Thanks to this weekend's results, Hillsdale is now 14-0 against both Ohio Dominican and Tiffin combined since each school joined the GLIAC.