Sports / The Prairie Fire / September 30, 2010

Quick Wrap-up: Volleyball and men’s soccer

Volleyball ousted

After three weeks and 13 games on the road, the volleyball team finally had their home debut. Sadly, Beloit College spoiled it.

Despite sophomore Natalee Young’s six blocks and freshman Nina Mack’s 18 digs, the Prairie Fire could not overcome the Buccaneers (7-7, 1-1). Sophomore Kristin MacDonald and junior Kelly Ricketts led the Prairie Fire with eight kills each.

The Buccaneers hammered the Prairie Fire 25-11 in the first game before the Prairie Fire grabbed the momentum back with a 27-25 win. But the Bucs took the next two games, ending the match with a 25-19 win in the fourth game.

The Prairie Fire have dropped eight of 10 after winning three of their first four matches, and now stand at 5-9 overall, with a 0-2 record in Midwest Conference play. Their next home game is Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. against Greenville College (8-5). It will be their second match against Greenville, having dropped the first meeting 3-0 on Sept. 11.

Men’s soccer drubbed

After a 12-1 drubbing at the University of Dubuque, the men’s soccer team returns home for a pair of games this weekend. Lawrence University (5-3-1, 2-0-0) visits Jorge Prats Field on Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m. On Oct. 3 at 1 p.m., the Prairie Fire host St. Norbert College.

The Prairie Fire started the season with five consecutive losses, but have gone 2-1-1 in their last four matches, bringing their season record to 2-6-1, including a 0-1-0 record in conference play.

The recent success has been driven largely by an improved offense. Having only scored three goals in their first five games, the Prairie Fire scored fifteen in their last four.

Freshman Maxwell Gatyas leads the team in scoring with seven goals. Sophomore Donald Tchopya is second with four.

Kevin Morris

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