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September 16, 2010

Aggressiveness gets Gusties back on the right track

Ainsworth reaches 600-kill mark in win over Macalester

ST PETER — A more aggressive Gustavus Adolphus volleyball team opened Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Wednesday night with a 25-13, 22-25, 25-6, 25-19 win over Macalester at Lund Center.

After going 0-3 this past weekend in the Gustavus Classic, the Golden Gusties (4-4) used a balanced attack to give head coach Rachelle Dosch a victory in her initial MIAC match. Junior middle hitter Angela Ahrendt smacked 14 kills to lead the way while Janey Helland and Emily Phillips banged 11 each.

“We lost a lot of our games by not being aggressive,” Ahrendt said. “Our coach got on us a little bit about that and it got better tonight. It was important for us to start off MIAC play with a win and I thought we came in with a lot of energy.”

Leading 8-5 in the opening contest, the Gusties’ strong net play and tenacious serving fueled an 11-1 burst that produced a 19-6 advantage on Nicki Ainsworth’s cross-court kill. Ainsworth, a senior outside hitter from Eden Prairie, became the 29th player in school history to reach the 600-kill mark as she delivered 10 ace hits.

“We’ve been working our butts off this week in practice,” Ainsworth said. “Last weekend was kind of a disappointment so we wanted to come out and play the way we know we can play. We knew we had to bring and it started right in the warm-ups.

“Our communication was up and everyone was moving with each other. We let errors go and came back with the next ball. We were all focused and ready to go. Our passing was great so we could run a lot of plays and have a little fun. ... We were all there for each other.”

After the Scots (6-5) cut the deficit to 21-11, kills from Janey Helland and Emily Phillips set up Ahrendt’s ace spike to cap the 25-13 win. Phillips totaled four kills in the game while Ahrendt chipped in three.

Gustavus led much of Game 2 — with Ainsworth, Helland, Ahrendt and Phillips attacking — before the Scots took advantage of three crucial service errors to eke out a 25-22 win. Majra Mucic, who led Macalester with nine kills, came up with a pair of ace hits late to finish things off.

Gustavus dominated Game 3 from the start as Helland’s spike off a block produced an opening sideout and sophomore Lisa Beacher followed with an 11-point service run. Ainsworth belted three kills in the surge while Ahrendt chipped in two kills and an ace block. Back-to-back kills from Helland and Phillips ended a brief Scots’ run and Ainsworth authored a seven-point run.

Freshman middle hitter Dana Boerboom collected three of her nine kills in Game 3.

“We came in tonight with a totally different mentality,” Dosch said. “The girls were ready to play from the minute they stepped on the court. We had a little lapse in Game 2 but they came right back ready to get after it. Our passing was stellar and our serving kept them out of system.

“We’ve been working with our setters on getting that balance and they put it into play. We used our middles in transition tonight and that was extremely effective. Everybody is starting to believe in what we are doing and if we continue to improve this could be a special year.”

Boerboom’s wicked kill put the Gusties in front 9-6 in Game 4 before a three-flurry kill by Ahrendt kept the Gusties ahead 19-16. Ahrendt then belted a pair of middle kills before Boerboom’s ace serve and another Ahrendt kill helped close out a 25-19 win.

Junior setter Malea Noennig finished with 44 set assists and 15 digs for the Gusties, who also received 21 digs from senior libero Jenny Ewert.

Gustavus hosts Bethany Lutheran College Friday.

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