Lakehead Finishes 2-2, 3rd Place at Stinger Classic


SUPERIOR, WI – Sports – (With files from Chris Green) The Lakehead women’s volleyball team wrapped up their trip to the Stinger classic on Saturday with a win and a loss against Finlandia U and St Catherine U, respectively. Lakehead Finishes 2-2, 3rd Place at Stinger Classic.

Lakehead Thunderwolves Coach Green’s weekend summary: “We learned a lot this weekend about our future lineup. We saw some strong performances and some work that is in progress. Our youth is contributing, and our experienced players are showing that their past years are starting to pay off. Our 2 losses were frustrating especially the St. Catherines match as we deserved a better outcome. Bethel handed it to us and in no way can we say we deserved anything in that on other than what we got. I know we are as good, but you have to prove that in that moment, not after in thoughts. We are better at blocking and our defence is even better than in the past and that is a good combination. Now we have 2 weeks to get ready to play 6 matches on the road in 10 days to start the season. As is said, ‘”what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” and we will be stronger, for this weekend and what is ahead.”

LU vs St. Catherines

23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 20-25

Jorie Daymond: 15 kills, 2 Aces, (17 points)
Michelle Cournoyer: 13 kills, 2 stuff blocks ( 15 Points)
Brittany Macleod: 9 kills, 3 Stuff Blocks, 1 service Ace (13 points)
Jenna Gunter: 7 kills, 1 Stuff Block ( 8 Points)
Jen LaFrance: 4 Stuff Block

Libero: Nicole Vercaigne: 21 Digs
Sara Hudson 41 assists

Coach Green’s stated, “We played a strong game after a good nights rest against a strong opponent. We led in sets 1 and 2, with chances to create successful opportunities. Unfortunately our negative factor this morning was our serving. We were a bit too aggressive making a total of 10 missed serves and most of those happening after 20 points. We dug a total of 70 balls in this match. We have to learn to trust our ability to defend and make those serves. I kow we can dig anythign hit our way. There was good fight in us this morning.Jorie Daymond is quickly establishing herself as an athlete who can handle the lunch pail. She may need to pack 2 per game as she is carrying a big load. I congratulate her on this, as it is a reward of what sequential and smart off season training can do for an athlete.”

LU vs Finlandia

25-18, 25-8, 25-17

Jorie Daymond: 14 kills, 3 service Aces ( 17 points)
Michelle Cournoyer \: 12 Kills 1 stuff Block ( 13 Points)
Vanessa Masters: 3 Kills, 2 Stuff blocks ( 5 points)
Jen Casey: 6 kills, 1 ace ( 7 points)

Jen Casey 9 digs, Nicole Vercigne 11 digs
Vanessa Masters 13 Assists

Coach Green’s remarked after the game, “Full credit to our young ladies to reload with in minutes and physically dominate this match. Once again Jorie Daymond has led this group for the entire weekend and that was no different here. Our tough serving was evident all weekend and this match summed it up. It was nice to see young players like Jen Casey who has so much untapped potential as an all around player dominate with powerful smashes at the net and her usual amazing defence. Vanessa Masters got the experience she needed running the offence in this match, she proved to all that her size as a setter has great advantage. As she gains experience, it will pay hug dividends for LU Volleyball.”

All-Tournament Team

Katelyn Berens – DS – Augsburg
Jorie Daymond – OH – Lakehead
Stephanie Meschke – MB/OH – St. Catherine
Valerie Smith – L – Bethel
Mallory Torola – S – Finlandia
Brittni Wangerin – OH – St. Catherine
Nicole Wriedt – OPP – Bethel
Jessica Zimmerman – OH – Superior

Over all LU finishes with a .500 record, 2 wins and 2 Losses.

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