GRINNELL – Score it a perfect 10 for Cornell College's volleyball team.
The 22nd-ranked Rams rolled past Grinnell – 25-15, 25-11, 25-15 – to complete a 10-0 run through the Midwest Conference in Wednesday's MWC regular-season finale at Darby Gymnasium.
The Rams (24-3 overall) won all 30 sets against conference foes for their second consecutive undefeated season in the MWC. They'll look to defend their MWC Tournament title as hosts of the four-team field Nov. 8-9 in the Small Multi-Sport Center.
Cornell claimed its 12th straight overall sweep and the 22nd win in its last 23 matches.
The Rams enjoyed an efficient offensive night, hitting .386 with 41 kills on 83 swings. It's the second-highest attack percentage of the season for Cornell, which had 17 players see court time against the Pioneers (3-25, 3-7 MWC).
Cornell connected for 11 ace serves, getting three apiece from Kylea Weber and O'Connor. Katherine Thompson added a pair of aces. Weber led all players with 13 digs. Jordan Weitzell had seven digs and was 9-of-9 serving. Sabrina Hargis and Katherine Devlin contributed 12 and 10 assists, respectively.
Grinnell scored the first point in each of the three sets, although never threatened the Rams. Weber fired six straight service points to put Cornell ahead 8-2 in the opener. In the second set, Weitzell served five points in a row as the Rams built a 10-2 lead.
It was 7-7 in the third set when O'Connor took over for the Rams. The star senior put Cornell ahead with a kill, and then went on to serve nine consecutive points as the team gained a 17-7 lead.
The Pioneers hit .156 for the match and had three players with five kills.
Coming up – Cornell closes out the regular season Friday with a pair of nonconference matches. The Rams meet UW-Platteville (15-15) at 4 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. date with national votes-getter Wartburg (22-10). UW-Platteville and Wartburg play the middle match of the triangular at 6 p.m.
|Cornell College (24-3 (10-0 MWC))||25||25||25||3|
|Grinnell College (3-25 (3-7 MWC))||15||11||15||0|
|Cornell College||Indv. Leaders||Grinnell College|
|#11 Kathleen O'Connor - 14||Kills||3 Players - 5|
|#3 Taylor Dicus - 2||Blocks||#13 Evelyn Weidman - 2|
|#1 Kylea Weber - 13||Digs||#4 Sydney McClendon - 11|
|2 Players (#1,#11) - 3||Aces||#5 Monica Knaack - 2|
|Cornell College||Team Statistics||Grinnell College|
|UW-River Falls vs||2:00pm|
|University of Chicago||CT|
|Grinnell College at||7:00pm|
|St. Norbert at||1:00pm|
|Lake Forest College||CT|