BY CASEY McDONALD
The IU South Bend volleyball team ended their season last Tuesday night with a heart-wrenching loss against the wolves of Cardinal Stritch University in the opening round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
There was little separation in the opening set as neither team led by more than four points. A completely back and forth battle between the two teams as senior Ashley McClintock helped lead the team through their first set. It came down to the last few points as Cardinal Stritch tied at 23 a piece. After the wolves took the 24-23 lead, junior Sarah Allison came back with a kill to tie is back up before an attack error on Cardinal Stritch aside a block by Allison and a service ace by junior Morgan Fleming ended the set 1-0.
In the second set the Titans took control again but it quickly became a close call with the two teams, as neither team went within three points went within each other. Junior Ashli Drewes made a kill to set the Titans up for set point. After the Wolves fought the first set point, sophomore Sydney Lubinski sealed the win for IU South Bend with one of her five kills on the night.
The third set started off just like the first two, tight knit until the Wolves went on a 8-1 against the Titans on attack errors and that is when Cardinal Stritch took off. 13 of the 25 points that Cardinal Stritch eared were all on errors on the IUSB Titans, a disastrous third set.
The fourth was more intense for both teams, IUSB had to win to move on while Cardinal Stritch was fighting to stay alive. IU South Bend fought off three consecutive set points before eventually falling 26-24 and sending the game to a decisive fifth set. In the final set, IUSB was fierce but it was Cardinal Stritch who came up on top. Allison finished with a triple-double, with 16 kills, 31 assists, and 10 digs overall.
And we bid farewell to our seniors: Janelle Rehlander, Jadalyn Tindall & Ashley McClintock. McClintock recorded 19 kills in her final match in an IU South Bend uniform, extending her career kill tally to 1,481.
The team ends their season 14-16 overall, and 11-6 in the CCAC. Great season ladies!