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Regents Remain in Hunt for Postseason

Wednesday, October 20, 2010  
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Lisle, Ill. – After a very slow start, the Rockford College volleyball team seems to have found its stride after a 3-2 comeback victory over the Benedictine University Eagles on Tuesday night.  The win improves the Regents to 5-14 over all, but 4-5 in the Northern Athletics Conference, tied for the eighth and final spot in the NAC postseason tournament.

Rockford came into the match winners of three of their last four NAC matches. But facing the Eagles would be a tough task.  Benedictine was 18-6 overall, and 7-2 in the NAC, having lost only one NAC match on their home court.

The Eagles took the first two sets of the match by scores of 25-17 and 25-17, and looked to be in complete control of the match.  An early run in game three game the Regents an early lead they would not relinquish.  The Eagles eventually tied the score at 24, but a kill by senior Melissa Swaziek (Loves Park, Ill./ Harlem) and Benedictine attack error sealed the set win for Rockford.

The fourth set was also tightly contested, eventually going in favor of the Regents by a score of 25-21.  With all of the marbles riding on the fifth set, teams fought to a 10-10 tie.  It was at that point that Rockford seized control of the match.  A kill and service ace by sophomore Nicole Lawler (Pearl City, Ill./ Pearl City) and three kills by fellow sophomore Emily Kaufman (Seneca, Ill./ Seneca) set up a Regents’ match point.  After a Benedictine point, a kill by junior Heather Goodrich (Tinley Park, Ill./ Victor J. Andrew) gave Rockford the 15-11 win in the fifth set.

Lawler led the Regents with 15 kills and 11 digs.  Kaufman and Swaziek added 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Junior setter Courtney Pehl (Freeport, Ill./ Freeport) recorded 41 assists, while senior Maribel Guerrero (St. Elmo, Ill./ St. Elmo) recorded 12 digs.

Rockford will continue its run for a postseason berth with a visit from the NAC’s number one team, Concordia University Wisconsin, on Friday night. The action is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Seaver Center.

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