Killer Instincts Propel MC To Victory
By Ben Bovenzi Gomessiah.com Reporter
The Falcons opened up their weekend with a solid 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-14, 25-15) victory over the Randolph College Wildcats on Friday night. Armed with the infamous “crushing arm” of Messiah Junior Lauren Rees and the incessant poise of a strong starting six, and deep bench, the Falcons made their statement on how they planned to play during the weekend road trip.
Junior Lauren Rees had one of her most dominant performances of the 2011 season, collecting 23 kills on an incredible .358 kill percentage. Additionally, the Falcons were helped by the play and leadership of sophomore Jess Geib (36 assists) and senior Megan Wise (24 digs).
Well rested from an impressive Friday night victory, the Messiah Falcons began their Saturday play against Lynchburg College, eventually sweeping the Hornets 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-19). Messiah’s Rees and senior Emily Hall tallied seven kills each as juniors Lindsey King and Barbara Fretz collected four and six kills respectively. Seniors Megan Wise and Brittany Salloum led the Falcon defense with seven digs a piece while sophomore setter Jess Geib dished out 24 assists in the win.
Messiah capped off the successful weekend road trip with another sweeping victory, this time a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17,25-21) win over Virginia Wesleyan. Messiah Head Coach Tobias was all smiles after the weekend, in which her squad outscored opponents 249-193 throughout all three matches.
“We played great, we’re really excited about the progress of this team” said Tobias after the weekend of play where her team moved to 19-5 on the season. “We’re just doing our best to continue to stay focused and move forward with the girls, and hopefully continue the success.”
Messiah’s next match, Wednesday, October 26th, will be played against Alvernia University. This is the Falcons final Commonwealth Conference regular season match, in which Messiah will look to remain unbeaten in the conference for the first time in Messiah Women’s Volleyball history. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be played in Brubaker auditorium.