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INA, Ill. (Aug. 29, 2012) - Rend Lake College volleyball improved its record to 2-3 with a win Wednesday in its home opener with Southwestern Illinois College.
The Lady Warriors won 3-2. It won the first two games and 25-22 and 25-23, lost the second two 22-25 and 23-25, and won the ti-breaker 15-10.
Rend Lake Head Coach Sara Crews, now in her sixth season at the helm, said there was a lot she liked about the way her team has played these first five matches of the season.
"It's very early in the season," said Crews. "SWIC has really improved over the past couple of years. Their coaching staff is putting heart and soul into it and they pushed us five sets.
"We need to work on the little things. ... Our block numbers are better right now than they were this time last year," Crews added. "It's better. But it still needs some work."
Sophomore Jennifer Moeller (Nashville) led the team in kills against SWIC with 23 while Breanne Pelker (Nashville) and Abigail Bennett (Ewing) each had four blocks to lead RLC in that category. Freshman libero Emily Tate (Benton) logged 13 digs and Lindsey Winter (Pinckneyville) put up 48 assists. Megan Wren, a sophomore from Harrisburg, had nine kills and a couple of aces.
"I've got some super-intense girls out there," said Crews. "What I'd like to see is them balance that with a little bit of more positive energy. I think that would make things come together better. You want their game to be intense, but that sometimes feeds negativity. But it's so early. I'm definitely not lacking in intensity."
Crews said she likes her team's ability to serve too.
"Everybody can jump serve. That is something we are very good at, that and our serve-receive. We don't shank passes and we have barely been aced so far."
She said the player that has impressed her the most so far is Winter, a freshman who came in to fill the shoes of last year's setter, Melanie Rhine.
"[Lindsey] is already connecting very well with Jennifer, Breanne, Abbie ... kids she hasn't ever played with before."
The Lady Warriors' season continues Friday and Saturday at the Lincoln Land Community College Tournament in Springfield. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.