October 19, 2011

Monmouth tops Prairie Fire volleyball, soccer

Volleyball
Despite the support of a raucous home crowd, the women’s volleyball team came up empty against rival Monmouth College on Thursday Oct. 13.
With the Fire Pit out in full force, the visiting Scots got all they could ask for out of the Prairie Fire early on. Knox got as close as 16-14 in the first set, winning nine of eleven points in one stretch of play, but ultimately fell 25-19.
The second and third sets were not as close, as Monmouth came out on top 25-13 and 25-15 to take a 3-0 match victory.
With the win Monmouth moved into a tie for third in the Midwest Conference, while Knox dropped to 0-7 conference play.
Senior Kelly Ricketts led Knox with eight kills, while sophomore Nina Mack and junior Kristin McDonald each recorded eight assists for the Prairie Fire.
Junior Chelsey Widdop led Monmouth with eleven kills and sophomore Mollie Murdock paced the team with 22 assists.
The Prairie Fire hit the road Friday to take on Lake Forest College before heading to Wisconsin on Saturday to play the Beloit College Buccaneers.

Women’s Tennis
Though the women’s tennis team did not qualify for the Midwest Conference team tournament, they still put forth a solid showing in the individual and doubles championships last weekend in Madison, Wis.
Each of the doubles pairs won at least one match, with the second doubles — seniors Katie Beading and Jordan Kuban — as well as the third doubles pair — senior Rachel Clark and junior Emily Til — finishing second in the consolation bracket.
Individually, Knox got its best performance from sophomore Charlotte Garvin. Garvin came up just short of taking the third singles title after seeing her nine-match-win streak end in the championship match against Grinnell College’s Shirlene Luk.
Other solid performances came from senior Megan Funk and sophomore Dana Pierce, who fell in the consolation final matches of the first and second flights, respectively.

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team continued their offensive struggles while dropping matches to Augustana College and Monmouth College this past week.
Ranked ninth in Division III’s central region, Augustana proved to be too much of a challenge for the Prairie Fire. The Vikings netted a goal just 24 seconds into the game and never looked back, ultimately prevailing 9-0. Senior Emily Turner and sophomore Rachel Koene combined to make 18 saves in the game for the Prairie Fire.
Knox fared only slightly better against Monmouth, falling 6-1 to the home Scots. The lone Prairie Fire goal came from junior forward Arielle Dorman in the 66th minute, which broke up the shutout. Senior Emily Turner earned her first point of the 2011 campaign by assisting on Dorman’s ninth score of the season.
This Saturday, Knox continues its MWC campaign in an 11:00 a.m. tilt against the Lawrence University Vikings in Appleton, Wis. The Prairie Fire then stay in Wisconsin as they take on St. Norbert on Sunday.

Men’s Soccer
Knox had a rough outing in their lone match last week, falling 7-0 to Monmouth College last Saturday.
Three of Monmouth’s goals came from junior mid-fielder Logan Simpson, and the Scots also received three assists from junior defenseman Andy Sheller.
The Prairie Fire have now lost ten in a row, not winning since Sept. 5 against MacMurray College. Like the women’s team, the men will make the trek to Wisconsin for games against Lawrence and St. Norbert this weekend.

Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for cornbeltbaseball.com, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.


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