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Lawrence Tech Remains Unbeaten in WHAC After Sweeping Rochester College

By Seth J. Walker

Southfield, Michigan- The Lawrence Tech Blue Devils (10-3, 4-0 WHAC) swept the Rochester College Warriors (2-14, 1-3 WHAC), 25-17, 25-11, 25-10, Wednesday night to remain undefeated in conference play.  The Blue Devils, who as of Tuesday, are now receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll, got a much needed confidence boost with the sweep after needing five sets for both of their wins last week over Lourdes and Concordia.  The win over Concordia was especially grueling as the Blue Devils had to comeback from two sets down.

“It feels really good,” senior middle hitter, Dacey Cook said about getting the sweep.  “We tend to take everybody to five for fun, it feels like; so it’s really good to actually just execute, play our game, implement everything we’ve been working on in practice and just get it done.”

The Lawrence Tech Blue Devils are now in sole possession of first place in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).

Senior, Brittany Schmidt, who has been largely splitting time at the outside hitter position this season with sophomore, Isabella McDonald, shined against the Warriors with a match-high 11 kills.

“We’ve been working on hitting a lot in practice, so I think that that helped my confidence,” Schmidt said.  “Tonight, I just went out there tried to swing as hard as I could and make the best decisions I could.  It feels really nice to have a lot of kills.

McDonald, by the way, only played the third set, but made the most of her time with four kills and the second highest hitting percentage at 0.571.  Cook ad nine kills and a team-high 0.667 hitting percentage.  Junior middle hitter, Zakia Hunt also had nine kills along with four blocks.  Junior setter, Kristi Doherty had 37 assists and 11 digs, while senior libero, Lexi Szymoniak had 12 digs.

The Blue Devils will now head to Grand Rapids for a pair of road matches against Aquinas, Friday, and Cornerstone, Saturday.

“I’m super excited about that,” head coach, Ed Ruhl said.  “Aquinas lost their setter to injury; and then, Cornerstone has been up and down this year.  So I hope that we play like we did tonight against them and give them a great showing because we squeaked out one with Aquinas and lost to Cornerstone.  (We’ve) never beaten Cornerstone.  That’s why that’s such a great weekend.”


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