By: SARAH WHITEHEAD
The Titans travelled to Dubuque, Iowa, to play in the Clarke University Tournament on Sept. 16 and 17. In the tournament, they faced off against four universities. Unfortunately, they only pulled off a win in their first game of the tournament against Valley City State University, three sets to two.
The other tournament games against Clarke University and Missouri Valley College were rough for the Titans. They did not take any sets in either of these games. The game against Waldorf University proved to be more hopeful for the Titans, but they only won one set.
The Titans seemed to get out of this funk when they travelled, this time closer to home, to play against Calumet College of St. Joseph on Sept. 20. This proved to be a much better game for the Titans. IUSB took all three sets in this game: 25-10, 25-14 and 25-15.
For IUSB, #4 Ashley McClintock had 11 kills, #7 Sierra Conklin had 16 digs and #9 Jordan Brough had six digs. For the opposing team, #6 Rhiannon Kozy and #7 Alexandra Sullivan both had seven digs, and Sullivan also added seven kills. #2 Danneylle Thomas had five digs and two kills. #10 Bethany Brucer had five digs.
Unfortunately, in their next home game, the Titans couldn’t keep a winning streak. The Titans played against the Trinity Christian College Trolls. The Titans couldn’t take a set. They fell two points short in the first set, 25-23. The Trolls pulled forward by just six points in the second set, 25-19, and Trinity Christian was also victorious in the last set, 25-14.
#7 Sierra Conklin led the Titans with 11 kills and nine digs, and #8 Sarah Allison followed with seven kills and three digs. For Trinity Christian, #15 Danielle Oeverman had 11 kills. #3 Tina Massey had 13 digs and eight kills, and #2 Michelle Busscher had 13 digs as well. #12 Rachel Verhage had nine kills and eight digs. This game brought the Titans to a 9-9 overall record and 3-2 in the conference.
The Titans will play their next several games away from home. They travel to play at the University of St. Francis on Sept. 29. Then they will take a trip down to Purdue University Northwest on Oct. 4.
The Titans will then compete in the two-day CCAC Crossover Tournament at Olivet Nazarene University on Oct. 7 and 8. In the tournament, they will face Cardinal Stritch University, Trinity International University, Roosevelt University and Judson University.
After a long time away from home, the Titans will play in the Student Activities Center against Olivet Nazarene University on Oct. 11. A video recap of this game will be available on IUSBPreface.net.