Written By Austin Anderson & Media by Joe Hubbs.
On Tuesday, September 3rd, the Greenville volleyball team had their home opener against Benedictine-Springfield. Greenville started the season off at the Grinnell Labor Day Classic, but unfortunately the lady Panthers lost three out of four games at the tournament. However, on Tuesday the home atmosphere of HJ Long Gymnasium was the right formula for a Panthers victory. In a quick three sets, the Greenville gals were able to get a win against Benedictine.
Greenville kick started the match with an early victory in the first set. The opening set ended 25-12. Then the Panthers were able to quickly repeat their success with a 25-8 victory in the second set. However, in the third set, Benedictine rallied together and nearly shocked the Panthers, but the momentum was too strong for Greenville, and Greenville took the final set 25-17.
“The home atmosphere definitely helped the victory! Having fans fill the stands is an awesome feeling, it really motivated us to show how hard we’ve been working,” said returning junior Joelle Scholten. The fans at the game were far from disappointed by the hard work of the Panthers. The victory was a result of a well-rounded effort from the team.
One leader of the team effort was Nicole Schaeffer, who delivered 12 kills and had 10 digs. Some other statistics that contributed to the win were 5 kills from Joelle Scholten, 8 kills from Corinne Coon, and an essential 28 assists from Ellen Lueking. Jamie Schollenbruch also contributed with 20 of the overall 38 team digs.
It’s still very early in the season, but that doesn’t mean this victory was a fluke in anyway. When asked how she thought this years’ team differed from last years,’ Joelle Scholten explained that the atmosphere amongst the team is very competitive, but there is still a strong sense of community, and the new comers and returners are starting to click together very well.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting year for the Greenville Volleyball team, as they are now riding a modest four game win streak after strong play at the Earlham Quaker Classic. This team looks to have a lot of tools for success, so look forward to a promising season from the squad this year. Come support your lady Panthers at home on Tuesday, September 10th, as they match up against Lincoln Christian, before heading out on a seven game road trip.