Knox’s volleyball team was one win away from last season’s win total going into their home match on Wednesday night against the Red Devils of Eureka College, a team they defeated in their second match this season.
After the night was over, the Prairie Fire (4-22, 0-6) had a win on Senior Night.
“It is good to win,” said head coach Kim Schrader, whose team defeated the Red Devils in four sets: 13-25, 25-13, 25-21 and 25-20. “It is especially good to win on a night that you’re honoring people who made a commitment, fulfilled that commitment, stayed with the program and made it better. I am really proud of the seniors and really proud of our team for pulling out a win.”
The match is the last one seniors Karen Frost, Greta Egge and Christina Davis will play on Tim Heimann Court.
“Our seniors have led by example,” Schrader said. “Greta was abroad last year and came back this year with a renewed energy, and I think they did a great job at the beginning of the season recognizing that we have a very young team. They recognized that there were things that it was time for them to do, and they have been great leaders.”
The Prairie Fire’s seniors have finished their careers in the ‘Burg, but they still have three matches left.
On Saturday, the seniors and their teammates travel to Beloit, Wis. to face the Buccaneers of Beloit College (20-4, 5-0). On Oct. 28, Knox travels to Grinnell, Iowa and plays the Pioneers of Grinnell College (12-13, 4-3), and on Halloween the Prairie Fire plays the University of Dubuque Spartans in Dubuque, Iowa.
“Right now, we have momentum on our side, and we can go into our next matches with confidence,” Frost said after the Eureka match. “If we can play like we did tonight when we came back from being down 11, then we will be just fine.”
Fighting Scots match
Last Thursday night, the Prairie Fire faced the Monmouth College Fighting Scots inside Memorial Gymnasium. Monmouth defeated Knox in four sets: 26-24, 18-25, 11-25 and 23-25.
“We played hard, but we kind of fell a little short,” freshman Jordan Durrett said. “It was just a hard loss.”
In the second set, with the score tied at one, freshman Natalee Young had the ball come her way. But, she was unable to do anything about it, because she was lying on Tim Heimann Court with a right ankle injury. Young’s injury disturbed the Prairie Fire, but not for long.
“We have an excellent athletic training staff, and we know that they are going to take care of people. I think it unsettles people for a little bit,” Schrader said. “Fortunately for us, [freshman] Brittany [Wisniewski] splits the position with her anyway, so maybe for a couple of rotations it was something different than what we are used to. But honestly, we practice people at different positions offensively and defensively. It meant we didn’t have her available. Other than that, I thought Brittany did a great job and that everybody else responded well.”