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Tigers ground Griffins

Iowa Wesleyan players celebrate a point during their three-game sweep of Fontbonne University on Saturday.
Iowa Wesleyan players celebrate a point during their three-game sweep of Fontbonne University on Saturday.

MT. PLEASANT — The Iowa Wesleyan volleyball team bulldozed Fontbonne University in its SLIAC home game on Saturday. The Tigers took out the Griffins 25-21, 25-19, 25-19, to move to 3-3 in conference play.

The Tigers trailed early in the first game but battled back to take it by four points. In games two and three, the Tigers controlled the set and cruised to victory.

“We started rocky and we snapped right back out of it,” said head coach Alexandra Popovic. “I’m glad they got to finish in the way that they deserved.”

The Tigers were able to spread the ball around, getting kills from seven different players in the win. Lida Landre had nine kills to lead the way.

Ariel Smale and Grace Thomas each finished the night with five kills. Anna Leidl had three. Jenna Murphy had two, and both Paige Kammerer and Skylar Garcille ended the night with one.

Kammerer filled the stat sheet with 11 assists and 11 digs. Murphy led the defense with 15 digs. Jaden Streeter had nine digs, and Smale finished with seven assists.

IW had eight kills on the day, three of which came at the hands of Streeter. Smale finished with two aces. Kammerer, Murphy and Thomas each had one.

The Tigers made Saturday’s game their Breast Cancer Awareness day. The volleyball team was joined by both Tiger soccer teams, who played games in Mediapolis later that day, and the visiting Griffins showed up in special breast cancer awareness uniforms.

“I’m glad soccer was able to join,” said Coach Popovic. “Hopefully next year it will be even bigger. That’s really what we want. All of our girls, even our coaching staff, have been influenced by breast cancer in one way another. This is very dear to our heart, and we’re very glad we’re able to do it. Fontbonne even came up with their pink jerseys, so it was a really good day.”

The win moved IW to 7-9 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The Tigers will host first=place Westminster tonight (Tuesday).