All-around brilliance epitomized by junior middle hitter Tami Gleason’s 15 digs, ten kills, and six blocks would propel Parkside (15-5) (3-2) to their fourth straight home sweep.
UWP woman’s volleyball squad hosted Missouri S & T (6-15) (2-3) in a conference bout Friday evening at DeSimone Gymnasium in Kenosha. Coasting to a 3-0 match victory, the Rangers would confide in a stellar front line to chip away at the Miners.
“Certainly, being strong around the net is an aspect we’ve had great success in,” said Parkside head coach Michelle Benoit.
Benefited by powerful smashes from sophomore right side Addie Kramer, the Rangers shot out of the gate to a 16-12 advantage. More overall production from freshman Caroline Langer’s five kills, five digs, and serving ace would add fuel to the already super-charged Parkside offense.
Kramer would seal the deal with a ten-foot-line shot securing a 25-20 Game 1 victory and her sixth kill of the set.
Gleason was not only a nominee for Great Lakes Valley Conference player of the week, but also ranks second individually in blocks per set with 1.23.
If Missouri was oblivious to such boast-worthy accolades, they weren’t after Game 2.
Gleason exemplified her versatile skill-set contributing five kills, five digs, and two blocks for the set.
“We’ve been working a lot on blocking fundamentals in practice,” said the middle hitter. “It takes pressure off the defense and makes us better as a team.”
More offensive firepower would personify UWP’s dominance. Spreading around the wealth, four multi-kill performances would jump the Rangers out to a 15-6 edge.
However, vicious hits by GLVC kills leader Julie Meyer would energize the Miners to a 9-2 run closing the gap. Despite the late surge, the Rangers would cruise to a 25-18 win in comfortable fashion.
Parkside’s junior setter Andrea Gust would facilitate the offense with eight assists.
Encountering a 0-2 set deficit, Missouri had minimal margin for error and responded with a 13-9 Game 3 advantage. However, relying on solid penetration around the net, their most defining strength would sustain a comeback.
The most notable highlight featured a long volley sequence in which Parkside would win the point. Despite sloppy execution late from UWP’s defense, they would hold on to a 25-23 win to finalize the sweep of the Miners.
Gust and sophomore setter Courtney Stack were responsible for managing the offense by contributing 17 assists a piece for the match. Junior outside hitter Cassie Wilkens shoveled out 12 digs and slamed home four kills.
Missouri’s Meyer led all players with an impressive 14 kills and 15 digs for a match total.
Kramer finished the night with 11 kills and four blocks. Featuring nine kills, eight digs, an assist, a block, and a service ace, Langer contributed in all statistical categories.
The Rangers return to action Saturday afternoon hosting the University of Missouri Tritons at 3:00 pm. Parkside will engage in its sixth conference match looking to advance to 7-1 at home this season.
“We are thriving in all areas of the game,” claimed Benoit. “It’s crucial that we take this momentum and close the weekend out on a positive note.”