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Volleyball team is back on the prowl

Libero Maddie Scalissi, who wears No. 15 this season, leads the Madison College volleyball team with 118 digs through 14 matches.

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Libero Maddie Scalissi, who wears No. 15 this season, leads the Madison College volleyball team with 118 digs through 14 matches.

Joseph Craker, Staff Writer

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After a slow start to the 2018 season, the WolfPack volleyball team is back to winning ways.

The WolfPack got just one win out of four at the Rochester Community and Technical College Volleyball Invitational late last month.

But after winning the last five matches in a row, Jeff Thomas’ team is certainly back on the prowl.

The home opener against Joliet Junior College at first glance was an easy 3-0 win for Madison College, but the sets themselves were quite the spectacle.

The Joliet Junior College Wolves took the court con- fidently, leading 13-8 in the first set, including a monster block from middle hitter Shea Kieldyk. The WolfPack then rallied to take a 14-13 point lead, and after several shorter resurgences, it was all tied up at 21 before Madison College finally took the set 25-22.

Highlights for the WolfPack in the first set included several kills from second year Paige Hostetler and another late in the set from Tianna Sackett.

The second set began as almost a carbon copy of the first, with Joliet Junior College taking an early 11-7 lead over the ‘Pack. Libero Emma Sweeney claimed three digs and an ace over this stretch. Madison College would go on to draw level at both 15 and 21, before once again taking control in the dying moments.

The last few points in the set saw Kacee Kruczek claim an ace of her own, while Thomas’s timeout before the last point effectively iced the Joliet server. The ball landed out and the WolfPack had won the set 25-22.

The WolfPack got off the blocks quickly in the final set, but the Wolves fought back to draw the score to 15-14. Madison College then went on a 7-1 run highlighted by a Paige Alsum ace, but Joliet Junior College would not be seen off so easily.

They came back with their own impressive run behind kills from outside hitter Cuay Whitener. Drawing level at 22, Madison College went on to finish the set out with a final score of 25-23.

Madison College begins a long stretch of conference games on Sept. 11, hosting Triton College. Following road games with College of DuPage on Sept. 13 and Rock Valley College on Sept. 18, the WolfPack return home to host Harper College on Sept. 20.

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