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Sandburg Volleyball Rallies to Beat Lincoln in 4 Sets

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Sept. 18, 2012
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team beat Lincoln College 19-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 in nonconference action on Tuesday at John Lewis Gymnasium for the Chargers’ fourth win in their last five matches.


After dropping the first set, Sandburg (5-4) evened things up by breaking a 19-19 tie and winning the final six points of the second set. That stretch included three kills and a block by freshman middle hitter Caitlin McVay, an ace by freshman Ally Cordle and a set-clinching kill by freshman setter Lexa Mahr.


“We don’t really come out strong, but we usually finish really well,” said McVay, who ended the night with a team-leading 14 kills. “We knew if we didn’t do it then we weren’t going to do it all night.”


Sandburg closed well again in the third set by taking five of the final six points, including an ace by sophomore middle hitter Caitlyn Godfrey on set point. The Chargers fell behind 12-6 in the fourth but used a 5-0 run to go ahead for good at 17-15.


“We came out flat, but at least we learned something about ourselves tonight,” Sandburg coach Todd Winkler said. “We found out we can fight.”


Godfrey had 12 kills and a team-best six blocks. Mahr led the Chargers with 36 assists while sophomore libero Dani Lessard added 14 digs and a pair of aces for Sandburg. Sophomore outside hitter Mercedes Sazone chipped in with six kills, 10 digs and two blocks.


Sandburg is back on the court Wednesday with a 6 p.m. Arrowhead Conference contest against Illinois Valley at John Lewis Gymnasium.



Caption: Carl Sandburg College volleyball players (L to R) Mercedes Sazone (15), Caitlin McVay, Sadie Van Norman, Lexa Mahr, Caitlyn Godfrey and Ashlynn Winkler celebrate after winning a point during Tuesday’s match with Lincoln College at John Lewis Gymnasium. The Chargers beat the Lynx in four sets.