Women’s Volleyball Sweeps its Way to First Two Victories

The Illinois Tech women’s volleyball team (2-5) played two matches at the Johnson and Wales Tournament on Saturday. Both of those matches went the way of the Scarlet Hawks, downing Mills 3-0 and JWU-Denver 3-2.

Set Scores – Mills Match

  • Illinois Tech 3, Mills 0 (25-16, 25-6, 25-18)

Match Highlights and Notes – Mills Match

  • The tale of the numbers was the same in pretty much all three sets. Illinois Tech would dominate on the attack, tallying double-digit kills and a hit percentage north of .125% in all three sets.
  • Illinois Tech also held Mills at .000% or in the negatives in each.
  • The second set was particularly dominant, with the Scarlet Hawks outhitting Mills .346% to -.152%.
  • Digs also were heavily in Illinois Tech’s favor, outdoing Mills 67-51.
  • Individually, Jessica Weaver had eight kills, two block assists, and a team-best .571 hit percentage. Justine Bracco led the team with nine kills while tallying two total blocks and a .353 hit percentage of her own.
  • Allison Wilkins controlled the match at setter with 17 assists and 10 digs.
  • In the back row, Sinjin Acuna tallied 19 digs to lead the team.
  • Zoey Kriethe was impressive in her two sets, tallying seven assists, nine digs, and leading the team with three service aces.

Set Scores- JWU Match

  • Illinois Tech 3, JWU 2 (22-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-18, 15-9)

Match Highlights and Notes – JWU Match

  • As the scores suggest, Illinois Tech’s offense and defense found another gear in the last two sets, hitting .242% and .190% in the fourth and fifth while holding the hosts to .000% in both.
  • The strong end to the match helped the team edge the Wildcats in hit percentage on the day .140% to .127%.
  • All weekend, Illinois Tech controlled the back row and at the net. It was no different against JWU, with Illinois Tech out digging the Wildcats 87-79 and out blocking the hosts 13.5-7.
  • Sara Hassel had 17 kills for the second time in three games to lead the team. She also led Illinois Tech with four total blocks.
  • Karen Marrufo-Zubaran had another double-double of 11 kills and 16 digs.
  • Bracco had her second straight strong match with eight kills, a .227 hit percentage and four total blocks.
  • Both Wilkins (28 assists, 16 digs) and Courtney Darling (15 assists, 13 digs) were strong at setter.
  • Acuna once again had 22 digs to lead the Hawks. She also tallied two aces.

Up Next

  • Tuesday night marks Illinois Tech’s first home match of 2019 as the team takes on North Central College. Live audio, video, and stats will be available for the 7:00 p.m. match in the Keating Sports Center, with the live audio powered by Illinois Media School.