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Volleyball - Mon, Aug. 28, 2017
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DEARBORN, Mich. - - - The Lady Eagles had another successful weekend at the UM-Dearborn Early Bird volleyball tournament. Judson faced teams from around Michigan including Spring Arbor, host UM-Dearborn, No.24 ranked Madonna University, and one out of state team Williams Baptist College from Arkansas. Judson took care of day one going 2-0 on Friday with an opening 3-1 win over Spring Arbor and a 3-0 win over Williams Baptist. The Eagles split day two dropping a 3-0 loss against the No.24 ranked Madonna Crusaders and finished the tournament 3-1 overall with a 3-0 win against host UM-Dearborn. 


The weekend was highlighted by freshman Mackenzie Ebert (FR/Campbellsport, Wis) as she led the Eagles in numerous categories and as the team's only All-Tournament selection. Ebert rallied off 39 total kills with a .195 attack percentage. Splitting time at the net and in the back row, Ebert also tallied 37 defensive digs and three total blocks. Other notables included five players accumulating 20 plus kills in Claire Speweik (SR/Elgin, Ill.), Stefanie Puczek (SO/Hampshire, Ill.), Taylor Konchel (SO/Bartlett, Ill.), and Katie Valeria (FR/Dodgeville, Wis.). On the defensive end, Caryssa Tennyson (JR/Pleasant Prairie, Wis.) totaled 52 digs on just four receiving errors while Konchel was another big two way player racking up 48 digs with her 25 total kills. Natalie Ricca (SR/Crystal Lake, Ill.) continued her veteran roll as the Eagles' setter with a stat line of 14 kills, 101 assists and 30 digs through Judson's four games. 


Despite the one loss to No.24 ranked Madonna, the Eagles fought hard sets playing the Crusaders to 18-25, 17-25, and 22-25 set points. All other matches the Eagles took care of business in three sets against Williams Baptist and UM-Dearborn while Spring Arbor was the only one to take Judson to four sets in which the Eagles won in four 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-8.


Judson improves to 5-1 overall on the season and will be back in action Tuesday, Aug. 29 against Moody Bible Institute before the Eagles start conference action against Cardinal Stritch at home on Sept. 5th. Both matches are set for a 7:00 (CST) start time.