Returning to the ranks

Coach Toby Parker gets the Madison College volleyball team ready for another match.

Phil Ejercito

Coach Toby Parker gets the Madison College volleyball team ready for another match.

Troy A. Bruzewski, Sports Editor

After dropping a decision to Rochester, the Madison College women’s volleyball team won four consecutive matches and improved its record to 12-3.

The WolfPack’s last loss came Sept. 8 at Rochester. Since then, they defeated Joliet, Rock Valley, Triton and Whitewater. The victories returned Madison College (ranked eighth) to the top-10 of the NJCAA Division III rankings.

On Sept. 11, the WolfPack went to Joliet and earned a 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-16) victory. Kayla Voorhees had 10 kills for Madison, while Terissa Bierd had 9 kills and 3 digs. Alexis Semrow had 28 of Madison’s 29 assists and had two aces.

Two days later, Madison College gave Rock Valley – a top-5 ranked team – its first loss of the season. After dropping the first two sets (25-12, 25-21), the WolfPack won the last three, including the 15-11 advantage in the final set. The Golden Eagles entered the match at 16-0.

Payton Klein had 13 kills and Semrow again led in assists, with 33. Morgan Ellickson served 4 aces and Vanessa Clarson added 29 digs.

The WolfPack didn’t allow an early lead in their next game, against Triton. They won in straight sets, 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-18), Sept. 18.

Melinda Statz led Madison College with 19 assists and Clarson had 17 digs. It was the fifth consecutive N4C victory for the WolfPack.

Madison College traveled to Whitewater the following Thursday and defeated the JV team, 3-2. Again, the WolfPack dropped the opening two sets (25-12, 25-19), but recovered to sweep the final three sets (25-22, 25-23, 15-7).

Bierd led the WolfPack with 14 kills, Clarson had 34 digs and Semrow had a season-high 35 assists.

The win streak put Madison College at No. 8 in the rankings and is one of three N4C teams in the top-10, including Rock Valley at No. 2 and Harper at No. 4.