PLYMOUTH – The Ancilla College volleyball team placed second out of six teams at the Prairie State College Tournament this past weekend with a 3-1 record, defeating South Suburban College, Elgin Community College, and Baltimore County-Essex and losing to the hosts, Prairie State.
The Lady Chargers (10-14, 1-8 MCCAA Western) were much sharper than they had been in recent matches, claiming all three victories in straight sets and playing eventual champion Prairie State College tight in a four set loss.
Ancilla split their matches on Friday, defeating South Suburban in the opener 25-11, 25-16, 25-19, and losing to Prairie State 20-25, 25-21, 17-25, 24-26. On Saturday, the Lady Chargers won every set, defeating Baltimore County-Essex 25-16, 27-25, 25-10 and Elgin Community College 25-18, 25-17, 25-19.
“My ‘old’ volleyball team was back this weekend after a week of disappointing production,” said Ancilla head volleyball coach Lana Singleton. “(We were) back playing hard, with heart, and together, and it produced results.”
Sophomore Danielle Burge was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting 98 digs on the weekend.
Kristen Trudell dished out 146 assists to go with 29 digs and 12 kills while Miranda Hammons added 35 kills, 36 digs, and three aces.
Kelly Duke and Keri Friend were also major factors for Ancilla. Duke served 11 aces while contributing three clocks, 30 kills, and 36 digs. Friend posted 32 kills, two aces, nine digs, and 4.5 blocks.
Singleton made special mention of Carlee Davis, who led Ancilla with 38 kills and added a team high nine blocks.
“In my opinion, Carlee Davis made a huge difference this weekend in her play,” said Singleton. “Her efforts were the best to date for her. We need her to play like that all the time. She could make a difference in those close games.”
The Lady Chargers will resume conference play on Tuesday when they travel to Lansing, MI, to play MCCAA Western Conference rival Lansing Community College. Play begins at 6:30 p.m. EDT.