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RedTails Sweep Spartans in Conference Opener

Jessica Hopkins hammers a kill through the defense in the third set of their 3-0 victory over the Spartans.
Jessica Hopkins hammers a kill through the defense in the third set of their 3-0 victory over the Spartans.

WATERLOO - The RedTail Women's Volleyball team defended home court Wednesday night, when they swept the floor - and match - with the Spartans of Southwestern Community College.

 

Great serving and dominant play at the net were both key to the 3-0 victory. Jessica Hopkins dominated in the first set, opening play with a service ace and closing with a monster kill. Feeding off strong assists from her teammates, Hopkins led and early 5-0 run that put the Spartans off balance. Though Southwestern attempted to regroup after a timeout, the RedTails refused to give up their 12-7 lead, building to a 25-17 set victory. 

 

The RedTails duplicated their first set win in the second, the path to 25-17 led this time by the RedTail front row.  Taylor Wendt got the block party started with back-to-back blocks in the same sequence, scoring on the second. Jayden Jolley joined the fun when she picked up a couple solo blocks. The RedTails maintained a consistent lead, with a series of Alison Godwin kills closing out the set.

 

"We've got some tall, lanky girls that have great reach on them," said head coach Scott Weston. "If we put ourselves in the right position to block, we can get a lot of block touches. I thought our positioning block-wise was so much better tonight" 

 

The final set opened with a  3-0 RedTail run, though some service errors and a brief Spartan rally kept the set in contention. The teams traded points until until a couple key blocks from Hopkins and Wendt shifted momentum, with the duo leading a late 6-2 run to cement a RedTail victory.

 

"Anytime you can get a conference win, at home or on the road, you're not going to give it back," Weston said. "We'll keep working on the things we need to work on to improve and hey, we are back to .500 and 1-0 in conference."