Nov. 19, 2010

Courtesy of Lewis Athletics

No. 11 Lewis women's volleyball swept Missouri-St. Louis (29-27, 25-23, 25-18) on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional. Senior Danielle Mount (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) had a match-high 13 kills.

"They were trying to shut her down, but Danielle still led us in kills," head coach Lorelee Smith said. "That is a testament to the diversity of her game."

Lewis led 20-15 in the first set when UMSL scored four straight to advance within one. A kill by junior Hannah Koeneman (New Haven, Ind./Woodlan) kept UMSL back for the moment until the Tritons eventually tied it at 23. UMSL earned set point at 24-23 after a ball handling error on Lewis. An attack by senior Mount that found the line knotted it up. Senior Lauren Seliga (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx) followed with a kill to give Lewis a 26-25 lead and their first of three set points. Finally on the third chance, Lewis won the frame on a roll shot to the middle of the court by Seliga.

Set two was tied at 14 when UMSL scored four straight, forcing a Lewis timeout. However Lewis came back to take a 24-19 lead thanks to a 9-0 run. Sophomore Jen Krumwiede (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial/IPFW) was serving during the stretch. She had an ace and her serving helped force four UMSL attack errors. Koeneman pounded down an overpass for point 22. She also added point 24 and following a four-point UMSL run, point 25, to finish the set 25-23.

"With Hannah you need to give some credit to her best friend Faith (Watson)", Smith said. "Hannah was struggling a bit and it was after Faith said some things to her on the bench that Hannah earned us some big points."

It was another long run that allowed Lewis to pull away in the third and final set. This time it was a 6-0 push that gave the Flyers a 14-8 advantage. Freshman Amy Choi (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) had an ace for point 14.

Seliga finished with a double-double of 12 kills and 10 digs with two aces.

"It says a lot about Lauren that she can produce offensively and defensively when other teams know she is our only senior hitter," Smith said.

Krumwiede totaled 11 digs and seven kills. Senior Adria Phillips (South Bend, Ind./Riley/Indiana) and Choi each had nine digs.

Senior Rachel Ruedi (Mahomet, Ill./Mahomet Seymour) totaled 39 assists. Lewis earned assists on 44 of their 49 kills.

UMSL's season ends 20-9. Lewis improves to 27-4. The Flyers will play the winner of Northern Kentucky/Grand Valley State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT.