Women’s Volleyball Cruises Past Mount Mary, Splits Tri-Match

The Illinois Tech Women’s Volleyball team hosted the Blue Angels of Mount Mary University on September 21. Illinois Tech won with ease, defeating MMU in straight sets. They then played in a tri-match on September 23 at Rockford University against Maranatha Baptist and host Rockford. Illinois Tech fell to MBU 3-1 before sweeping RU in straight sets.

Scores – Mount Mary University

  • Illinois Tech 3, MMU 0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-19)

How it Happened

  • After a pretty even start to the first set, the Scarlet Hawks broke through with a 7-0 run to take an 18-13 lead. Mount Mary was able to hang around, but kills by Taylor Burton and Katie McCutcheon, both courtesy of Courtney Darling, iced the set for the Scarlet Hawks.
  • In set two, Illinois Tech was simply dominant, hitting .280% for the set. It featured a 12-0 run that saw a 12-10 lead grow to 23-10. A Lydia Goebel kill from Courtney Curcio was the deciding 25th point.
  • The third set saw Illinois Tech take control with leads of 9-4 and 15-8, featuring two straight aces from Natalie FreundSara Hassell ended the match with a kill from Curcio.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Darling played one of her best matches of the season, tallying 25 assists and 13 digs. Both were game highs.
  • Hassell ended with 18 kills, eight digs, two block assists, and a .275 hitting percentage.
  • Freund led the team with three service aces. Reya Green (10 digs), Alyssa Miner, Hassell, and Sinjin Acuna all added two aces a piece.

Stats to Know

  • The Scarlet Hawks out hit the Blue Angels 36-15.
  • Hit percentage was a large advantage for Illinois Tech (.213%-.012%)
  • Illinois Tech out dug the Angels 51-39.

Scores – Tri-Match

  • Maranatha 3, Illinois Tech 1 (23-25, 15-25, 25-14, 18-25)
  • Illinois Tech 3, Rockford 0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-14)

Scarlet Hawk Standouts – MBU Match

  • Hassell impressed with 23 kills and 20 digs
  • Burton had 11 kills and five total blocks
  • Freund led the team with seven assists
  • Curcio had 29 digs

Stats to Know – MBU Match

  • Illinois Tech lost despite winning the kills battle 48-35
  • Illinois Tech out dug Maranatha 80-72
  • The Scarlet Hawks had 15 blocks compared to MBU’s four

Scarlet Hawk Standouts – Rockford Match

  • Hassel had 15 kills to lead the Scarlet Hawks
  • Darling paced Illinois Tech with 11 assists
  • Curcio had four service aces and 18 digs

Stats to Know –  Rockford Match

  • Illinois Tech held Rockford to a hitting percentage of -.097%
  • The Scarlet Hawks out dug the Regents 46-39
  • Illinois Tech had eight aces compared to Rockford’s three

Up Next

  • Women’s Volleyball will oppose Lake Forest College on the road on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 p.m.