by Tim Miller
The Cedarville Lady Jackets (7-9, 5-1 G-MAC) pushed their winning streak to four games with a 3-0 sweep of G-MAC rival Trevecca on Friday night. Cedarville continued its dominance at home, improving to 4-0 at the Callan Athletic Center and winning its 12th straight set at home.
The Lady Jackets won the match 25-20, 25-14 and 25-20.
Senior outside hitter Krissy Pratt led the Lady Jackets in kills for the second game in a row, amassing nine. Senior middle hitter Gabby Olson chipped in eight kills and two service aces and freshman middle hitter Lauren Willow totaled eight kills and two blocks.
The offensive hitting was strong yet again for the Lady Jackets, and head coach Doug Walters said Trevecca’s playing style allowed his squad to continue to grow on the front line.
“We’ve wanted to get our hitters more involved,” Walters said. “Trevecca actually forced us into that today and it helped us figure things out.”
The Lady Jackets opened the match in dominating fashion. Cedarville scored five of the first six points of the game and proceeded to jump to an 11-6 advantage.
A timeout by Trevecca turned things around for a short time, as the Trojans clawed back to a one-point deficit and trailed 17-16. Cedarville called a timeout and lit up Trevecca for three straight points, causing the Trojans to call a timeout, losing 20-16.
Cedarville never trailed in the first set and went on to win 25-20.
The Lady Jackets again jumped out to a quick lead, taking 11 of the first 13 points in the second set. Trevecca used both of its timeouts in the set, but failed to get any traction.
Cedarville owned 10-point leads multiple times during the set and Pratt contributed three kills to lead the set.
The Lady Jackets failed to jump out to a blazing start for the first time of the match in the third set. The game remained tight through the halfway point, as Cedarville led 12-9.
Cedarville extended its lead slightly to 16-11 and Trevecca called a timeout in an attempt to stop a Lady Jackets run before it started.
The timeout seemed to help the Trojans stop any Cedarville run, as the Lady Jackets’ lead was just four late in the set. Trevecca used its final timeout of the set when they trailed 21-17.
Cedarville won the final set by a small margin, 25-20. Olson added four kills in the set while freshman setter Sierra Schuitema piled in nine assists.
The Lady Jackets welcome Kentucky Weslyan to the Callan Athletic Center Saturday at noon. The Lady Jackets swept Kentucky Wesleyan in each of the two matchups last season.
Tim Miller is a sophomore marketing major and sports editor for Cedars. He enjoys having a baby face, sipping Dunkin Donuts coffee and striving to be the optimal combination of Dwight Schrute and Ron Swanson.