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    Augie volleyball celebrates senior night

    The Augustana women’s volleyball team celebrated Senior Day as they split their last two matches of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Carver Center.

    For Augustana’s senior players, this was the last time they would play at the Carver center. For the special night, the gym was decorated and each senior was honored with their parents at center court before the day began.

    Post game, some of the seniors got to reflect on their careers at Augustana, and gave some advice for those that will come after them.

    “For someone who wants to play volleyball in college, my advice is to put everything you have into this sport,” senior Brooke Harmon said.

    The vikings reflected on their experiences here at Augie and how volleyball has helped them develop throughout their college career.

    “There won’t be any other time in your life like these four years so I encourage anyone who wants to play volleyball in college to give it your all and allow for this sport to help you grow and become the best version of yourself that is possible,” said senior Grace Bialobok.

    “Qualities that make a good volleyball player include someone that works hard, [is] supportive and selfless. All of these qualities makes the team play better together and for each other,” said senior Taylor Steger.

    However, even with all the festivities the vikings still had business to take care of on the court. That started with the vikings taking on Nebraska Wesleyan.

    Augustana trailed Nebraska Wesleyan at the start of the first set. Augustana caught up midway through the match with a score of 15-14 but went cold after taking the lead and ended up dropping the first set to Nebraska Wesleyan 25-17.

    The second set brought more of the same as Nebraska Wesleyan jumped out to an early lead. Augustana eventually dropped the second set by the same score as the first, 25-17.

    The Vikings started strong as Wesleyan kept up with a score of 6-5, but another kill by Bialobok created a four point lead with Augie up 7-3. Wesleyan called a timeout and then responded with a strong offensive performance tying the score at 14-14.

    The third set came to a close with after Nebraska Wesleyan pulled away and ended up winning the set 26-24 to sweep the vikings.

    Augustana came back in the second match of the day to beat Monmouth. They jumped out with a 8-3 lead in set one. Senior Brooke Harmon drew out set points and Monmouth suffered an error that tied it at 25-all. However, Monmouth had two kills as they took three of the next four points to win 28-26.

    Monmouth jumped in front 11-6 during the second set, but Augustana got kills from four different players in which put the Vikings up 12-11. Monmouth took seven of the next 10 points trailing behind Augie. Both teams stuck it out until the vikings finally took the lead 24-23. A service error from Monmouth finalized the score of 25-23 for an Augustana win.

    Augustana overcame a slow start to take the third game by a score of 25-22.

    Ending the fourth and final game, Augustana played it close with Monmouth right behind but Augie came out with a win with the score of 25-19.

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