Dutch win extend volleyball winning streak to five

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  GALESBURG, ILLINOIS— Finishing the Knox Invitational unbeaten, the Central College volleyball team defeated Anderson University (Ind.) 3-0 and Knox College (Ill.) 3-1 on Saturday.

            In four matches at the tournament, Central (8-3) won 12 of 13 sets, losing in the third set against Knox on Saturday. The Dutch beat Anderson 25-13, 25-11, 25-18 and Knox 25-18, 25-16, 19-25 and 25-14.

            “We are thrilled about our record this weekend,” coach Jeanne Czipri said. “This weekend challenged us in different ways, most importantly our discipline and commitment.”

            In the sweep against Anderson, Outside hitter Krissa Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) had nine kills as right side hitter Ruth Hruska-Kelly (sophomore, Brookfield, Ill., Riverside-Brookfield HS) notched eight.

            Outside hitter Natalie Gaszynski (freshman, Huntley, Ill.) led Central with six of the team’s 16 service aces against Anderson. Adisyn Illg (freshman, setter, Johnsburg, Ill.) had five and setter Amanda Smith (freshman, Tipton) had four.

            “We are putting more time and emphasis into our serve and pass game,” Czipri said. “We feel like it is doing a lot of for us and will definitely us down the road once we dial in our velocity and float and location with our serves.”

            Gaszynski and middle hitter Hana Edgerton (senior, Grundy Center) had nine kills in the Knox match while Larson and Hruska-Kelly had eight apiece. Defensive specialist Sam Worley (freshman, Olathe, Kan., Northwest HS) had 15 digs.

            In the two matches, Central used 16 players, including four freshman.

            “We just feel we have some really solid depth in every position,” Czipri said. “There is a lot of older talent that has really worked to improve and to better this program. And we have a lot of younger players with some fantastic potential.”

            The Dutch will finally make their home debut on Wednesday after 11 matches on the road to start the season. Simpson College will come to Pella for a 7:30 p.m. match inside P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium that kick starts the American Rivers Conference schedule.

            “I know the team is pumped to be at home next week,” Czipri said. “We cannot wait to starting battling in conference play.”