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Lawrence Tech Gets Five-Set Win Over Lourdes

By Seth J. Walker Southfield, Michigan- The Lawrence Tech Blue Devils (8-3, 2-0 WHAC) gained a hard-fought five set win (11-25, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 15-8) over Lourdes (4-1, 1-1 WHAC) Wednesday night.  The Blue Devils’ win came against a Lourdes team they had struggled  against in the past.

“We’ve always struggled against Lourdes and it feels very good to finally get a win against them,” Blue Devils junior setter, Kristi Doherty said.

The Lourdes back row wouldn’t give up on any play, even the ones that seemed impossible to make, so the Blue Devils had to match their defensive effort dig for dig.  In the end, the Blue Devils were able to make more offensive plays to get the win.

“The whole message tonight was about competing (for) every point,” Blue Devils head coach, Ed Ruhl said.  “We came out and executed that very well.  I don’t remember (ever) beating Lourdes, so that’s a sweet victory for sure.  They are a quality team.  It’s just a matter of when we focus like that, we do great.”

Doherty was the key player for the Blue Devils; recording a triple double with 14 kills, 26 assists, and 25 digs, all team highs.  Typically functioning as the quarterback of the offense, Doherty was able to on a more offensive role than usual, as her kills down the stretch provided a huge lift for the Blue Devils in their win.

“Today, I got to hit, which isn’t a very common thing,” Doherty said.  “I think I was just really focused about it.” Sophomore outside hitter,

Jess Lodge was the other Blue Devil attacker in double figures with 13 kills.  Senior setter, Alexis Snider had 11 assists, while fellow senior, libero, Lexi Szymoniak had 14 digs.  Freshmen defensive specialists Nichole Hyduk and Reinali Calisin had 15 and 10 digs respectively.

Junior opposite side hitter, Varvara Gromakova gets ready to serve the ball. Gromakova had nine kills for Lawrence Tech against Lourdes.

The Blue Devils will now go to Ann Arbor for a Friday night match against the Concordia Cardinals.  Though the Cardinals are a rebuilding team with a new head coach, they have a tradition for having a lot of heart that will give maximum effort on every play, making them a team not to take for granted.

“For Friday, it’s definitely going to be another big battle, but (we’ll) just go in, keep it down to the basics, and get the job done,” Lodge said.

The match will be a 7pm.

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