Rough weekend for Central College athletics

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Central drops home volleyball match

              PELLA — Freshman outside hitter Natalie Gaszynski (Huntley, Ill.) and senior right-side hitter Erin Dilger (Tinley Park, Ill., Lincoln Way North HS) both had double-digit kills but the Central College volleyball team was defeated 26-24, 25-12, 21-25, 25-14 by Coe College Saturday afternoon.

              The Kohawks pulled their record even at 12-12 (3-1 American Rivers Conference) while the Dutch fell to 13-8 (1-4 conference).

              Gaszynski and Dilger both had 11 kills for Central. Gaszynski had the better hitting percentage at .526 (11-1-19) while Dilger still had a .296 percentage (11-3-27).

              “Erin found a way to try and build up her team to compete,” Czipri said.

              Libero Landry Luhring (sophomore, Grundy Center) led the team with 15 kills but Czipri was also impressed with defensive specialist’s Brooke Caves’s (senior, Oskaloosa) nine digs in two sets

              “I think Brooke came off the bench and really lit a fire under us,” she said.

              Hana Edgerton (senior, middle hitter, Grundy Center) added two blocks and outside hitters Ruth Hruska-Kelly (sophomore, Riverside, Ill., Riverside-Brookfield HS) and Krissa Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) both had nine kills.

              “We’ve got the tool box full of tools,” Czipri said. “We’ve just got to use them and be disciplined with them.”

              Central plays its third-straight home conference match on Wednesday night against Luther College. The match will start at 7:30 p.m. inside P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.

              “We’ve got to point fingers at ourselves and figure out what we need to do in order to be a more consistent and disciplined team,” Czipri said. “We need to figure out how we can make the changes to be the team that shows up in the gym every day and battles like we did in the third set today.”


Tough loss for Central men’s soccer team

            PELLA — The Central College men’s soccer team could never find its grove in a 2-0 loss against the University of Dubuque on Saturday afternoon.

            The Dutch (10-2-2, 2-1-1 A-R-C) outshot the Spartans (9-3-1, 4-0-0 A-R-C) 12-8 and had more shots on frame (5-4) but the Spartans converted twice and the Dutch couldn’t find the back of the net.

            “The bottom line is we just weren’t good enough today,” coach Garry Laidlaw said. “Our quality was not there and our intensity was not there early on. What was disappointing is that some of the fundamental stuff was letting us down.”

            Dubuque got its first goal in the 12th minute following a corner kick.

            “Once you go down a goal, they’ve got something to fight for and hold on to,” Laidlaw said. “We tried our best to change some things around and affect the game.”

            Midfielder Nick Ashton (freshman, Ankeny, Centennial HS) paced the Dutch with three shots, including two on frame.

            “Nick’s had a great year,” Laidlaw said. “He does a lot of good things for us in the middle of the park.”

            Goalkeeper Andrew Mathys (senior, Elburn, Ill., Kaneland HS) took just his second loss of the season while making two saves.

            Central is off until next Saturday when they host Wartburg College for a 3:30 p.m. match at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex.

            “We’re sending the team home for a couple days on fall break,” Laidlaw said. “We’re at that point in the season where we’re getting a little nicked up so we need them to rest and get healthy. There is an important stretch run ahead of us because nothing is decided in this league yet.”


Double overtime soccer draw for Dutch women

            PELLA — Ending a frustrating four-game losing streak, the Central College women’s soccer team notched a 1-1 tie against the University of Dubuque on Saturday.

            The tie gives the Dutch (5-6-2, 0-3-1 American Rivers Conference) their first point in the conference standings. It was the Spartans (9-3-1, 2-1-1 conference) first tie of the season.

            Held scoreless during Central’s four-game losing streak, forward Erin Manion (senior, Delafield, Wis., Kettle Moraine HS) picked up her 10th goal of the season in the 24th minute.

            “When Erin gets isolated one on one, not many people in this league can stop her,” Kobylinski said. “She tucked it away with her left foot off a nice through ball.”

            Midfielder Jacie Borman (freshman, Eagan, Minn) was credited with her eighth assist on Manion’s goal.

            “Jacie had a couple of nice services,” Kobylinski said.

            Making the second start of her career, goalkeeper LeAnn Grandia (sophomore, West Des Moines, Valley HS) made two saves in the full 110 minutes between the pipes.

            “We’re pleased with LeAnn,” Kobylinski said. “She leads really well and gets a lot of support from our goalkeeper crew.”

            Kobylinski also cited midfielders Bridget Lynch (freshman, Northglenn, Colo., Jefferson Academy)Elise Askelsen (senior, Indianola) and defender Cate Christopherson (junior, Omaha, Neb., North HS) for their performances.

            The Dutch travel to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match against the Warhawks (7-4-2).

            “We have a tougher non-conference schedule this year to prepare us for matches like today,” Kobylinski said. “Whitewater will be a solid team.”


Wartburg edges Central for volleyball win

            PELLA — Despite outplaying Wartburg College in some statistical categories, the Central College volleyball was defeated 25-16, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20 Friday night.

            The Dutch (13-8, 1-3 American Rivers Conference) had more kills (55-47) and more digs (96-92) than the Knights (16-7, 4-0 conference). The two sides were also evenly matched on blocks (seven) and hitting percentage (.165).

            “I think the most exciting thing is the way we rebounded after the first set,” coach Jeanne Czipri said. “We just made some untimely errors and we’re going to have that with such a young group.

            “I’m really proud of the way we competed and started to communicate a little better.”

            Middle hitter Kayleigh Fite (junior, Florissant, Mo., Trinity Catholic HS) filled up the stat sheet with seven kills, seven digs and six blocks.

            “Kayleigh played off the bench for us the last few years but I think we’ve found a niche for in the middle,” Czipri said. “She’s smart and athletic and I think she’s doing a good job of competing. We just want to find her the ball more.”

            Senior right-side hitter Erin Dilger (senior, Tinley Park, Ill., Lincoln Way North HS) had 14 kills and a team-high .333 hitting percentage, but her contribution went beyond the box score according to Czipri.

            “Erin went above and beyond tonight,” Czipri said. “Aside from her stats, she communicated her belief that we could win and willed us to battle; that was more valuable than her hitting percentage.”

            Alyssa Lewton (sophomore, Ankeny, Centennial HS) recorded a double-double from the setter position with 23 assists and 12 digs. Central’s other setter Amanda Smith (freshman, Tipton) added 22 assists.

            Libero Landry Luhring (sophomore, Grundy Center) had a team-high 24 digs. Defensive specialist Alexis Aragon (Champaign, Ill., Central HS) received the most significant action of her freshman campaign and delivered with 10 digs.

            “Alexis has been putting things together in practice,” Czipri said. “She’s so athletic and we know she can chase down balls that we need to in that position.”

            Also in double figures for the Dutch was outside hitter Krissa Larson (sophomore, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) with 16 kills and outside hitter Natalie Gaszynski (freshman, Huntley, Ill.) with 19 digs.

            Central will fight for its second American Rivers Conference victory Saturday afternoon as it welcomes Coe College to P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium for a 2:30 p.m. home match.