by LIZZY BLACKMON
DULUTH, Minn. - St. Scholastica women's volleyball defeated Northland College 3-0 for the second time this season at a home match on Oct. 8.
This was the St. Scholastica Saints' second win over the Northland College Lumber Jills this season. The Lumber Jills have not defeated the Saints since the 1997 season. The Saints were never behind the Lumber Jills in the three sets (25-12, 25-9, 25-11).
"I'm not really surprised by how we've done. We've got a lot of good players here," said Anna Zyvoloski, a sophomore outside hitter for the Saints who leads the conference with 284 kills so far this season. Zyvoloski, a new recruit who played for UMD last year, had 10 kills in the match.
Paige Hardy, also a sophomore and outside hitter, had the most kills for the team. She had 11 kills this game. Sara Kurtovich had a total of 31 set assists in the game.
"I was a little surprised, when we played them before they were a little more competitive at the Mini Tour Gone Wild conference," said head volleyball Coach Dana Moore. Moore is in her 14th season of coaching the Saints. On Sept. 1, the Saints defeated the Lumber Jills in three sets (25-13, 25-10, 25-18).
The St. Scholastica fans were happy to cheer nearly the entire match, which lasted just 53 minutes. The Lumber Jills had a great deal of fans in the audience, too.
The first set started off with a kill by Zyvoloski followed by a bad set from the Lumber Jill's Erin Roembke. It ended with two attack errors by the Lumber Jills' Andrea hubka. The second set started with two attack errors by the Lumber Jills and a service ace from the Saints. The final set began with two kills from Zyvoloski and ended with a kill by Hardy and a service ace from the Saints' Nikki Hughes.
The Lumber Jills' Lauren Fisher, a senior outside hitter, led her team with 6 kills. Megan Zynda, also a senior, had 9 assists for the team. The Lumber Jills are currently 5-17 this season.
"It always feels good when we can just hammer home with a team and build our confidence for next time," Moore said. The Saints are currently 15-5 for the season. They will play Northwestern on Oct. 8.