WINONA LAKE – After a shaky start in the opening set on Friday night, the Grace College volleyball team found its footing and went on to dismantle Spring Arbor in league play.
The Lady Lancers (9-1; 1-1 Crossroads League) had more than twice as many kills as the Cougars at 43-21 in a convincing sweep of Spring Arbor.
Coming off its first loss of the season on Wednesday, Grace found itself behind 13-6 in the first set. But a strategic timeout by Grace coach Andria Harshman helped the Lady Lancers win nine of the next 10 points. Grace finished the set on a 19-4 run to ease away 25-17.
The two-faced attack of Dana Johnston (15 kills) and Alix Underwood (12 kills) gave the Cougars problems throughout the final two sets as Grace won 25-13 and 25-17.
The Cougars (4-6; 0-2 CL) were held to a .056 team hitting percentage offensively thanks to a strong blocking presence from Grace. Five different players recorded a block point for the Lady Lancers, led by three block assists from Underwood and two apiece from Sabrina Whitaker, Johnston and Megan Johnson.
Ellie Harp handed out 35 assists in the three-set performance to go along with 2 aces, 2 kills and 4 digs, and Hannah Clemmons produced a match-best 16 digs. Calah Kruse added 13 digs and six kills, and Megan Johnson chipped in with six kills.
The Lady Lancers continue league play on Saturday when they travel to Fort Wayne, Ind., to take on St. Francis at 1 p.m.