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Volleyball team wins 4 in a row, ranked 10th

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Two Madison College volleyball players attempt to block an opponents shot during a recent match at Redsten Gymnasium.

Two Madison College volleyball players attempt to block an opponents shot during a recent match at Redsten Gymnasium.

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Two Madison College volleyball players attempt to block an opponents shot during a recent match at Redsten Gymnasium.

Joseph Craker, Staff Writer

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WolfPack volleyball team got revenge by winning all three sets in a clash against Clarke University on Oct. 4, their third match in less than a week. 

The No. 10 ranked WolfPack—which had lost the previous encounter with the Pride just nine days ago—is now 14-8 on the season.  Madison College extended its win streak to four with the victory.

The WolfPack was slow to get out of the gates, dropping the first four points. Sloppiness continued to be the theme for the first half of the first set, until the ‘Pack rallied to get six straight points to take a 15-13 lead.  Isabella Carrillo recorded two kills and a block over the stretch. 

Madison College maintained control through the final points of the set, winning it 25-21 with three kills from Paige Hostetler, and Paige Alsum adding the exclamation point with an ace.

The WolfPack again had a slow start in the second set, falling behind 10-5.  They would go on to claw their way level with the Pride, eventually taking the set 28-26 after dramatic extra points.  Carrillo, Sackett, and Hostetler all recorded multiple kills after drawing level at 15, with Olivia Darkow recording 12 assists.

The final set ended closely, but Madison College never seemed out of control. The set went back and forth before the WolfPack edged out the Pride after being tied at 23. 

Three players finished with double-doubles. Paige Hostetler recorded 16 kills and 10 digs, Tianna Sackett had 10 kills and 11 digs, and Olivia Darkow had 34 assists and 10 digs.

After the match, Coach Jeff Thomas was happy with the performance. 

“I am really pleased with our work ethic in practice, which has been evident in matches,” Thomas said.  “It has been a really long, hard week for us.  We played three tough matches, and managed to get a win in all three.”

WolfPack volleyball team will be back in action in the on Oct. 16 at home against Rock Valley College.  Madison College narrowly lost their last meeting against the Golden Eagles two sets to three, but will be eager to extend their win streak to six.

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