Highlighted by freshman Caroline Langer’s outstanding 12 digs, five kills, and two aces, the Rangers’ fifth straight win marks their first 20 win season since 1997 in dominating fashion 3-0.
At DeSimone Gymnasium in Kenosha, UW-Parkside (4-5) (20-8) hosted Kentucky Wesleyan University (0-9) (2-21) in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match that portrayed superior talent by the home squad.
Featuring a confident swagger, the Rangers vaulted out to a 6-0 lead which quickly turned into a 25-12 trouncing of the Panthers in Game 1.
With limited competition, setters Andrea Gust’s and Courtney Stack’s eight assists a piece spread around the wealth. Parkside totaled multi-kill games from five different attackers.
“We’ve been using practices to work on different receiving patterns and changing up our personnel,” said Benoit. “I want to give them more options and just be more creative.”
Senior middle blocker Jennifer Johnson led the way by smashing six kills into the hardwood, while junior Tami Gleason exemplified her versatile skill-set with four kills, three digs, and two blocks.
Inexperienced talent thrived as the Rangers enjoyed similar success during Game 2.
Freshman outside hitter Abby Beilke displayed solid potential rifling out a set high five kills.
In addition, junior Rachel Burmester’s penetration at the net resulted in a kill and two blocks. With a 25-13 outcome, the Rangers cruised to another impressive set victory.
Langer shoveled out five digs and chipped in two aces by way of superb serving. Freshman Vicki Hart also subbed in for stellar work defensively.
“It’s a huge honor to play along side such great talent and be able to contribute,” said Langer. “I just try to make the most of my opportunities and be productive any way I can.”
The only thing preferable to displaying dominance in a match is doing so with remarkable consistency. Game 3 was never a challenge and resulted in a familiar 25-12 outcome for the Rangers.
Showcasing their most lethal area of strength, the victory was capped off by a combined block from Johnson and sophomore right side Cassy Marx to complete the sweep.
Stack finished the night leading all players with 20 assists. Gleason wreaked havoc up at the net racking up three blocks per set.
Johnson contributed nicely with eight kills and four blocks for the match. In addition, defensive specialist Shannon Curtis added five digs.
Kentucky’s Ashley Clever was the the Panthers’ top performer with six kills and four digs.
Sophomore right side Addie Kramer led all players with ten kills. Beilke was successful off the bench notching eight kills, three blocks, and two digs.
Returning to action Saturday, the Rangers host the University of Southern Indiana. The conference match begins at 3:00 pm as Parkside looks to extend it’s winning streak to six games.
“It’s wonderful to see the program developing,” said Benoit. “20 wins is certainly an achievement to be proud of.”
Article by Eric Zizich