Greeny wins 100th match with Warriors
LEWISTON, Idaho – It was a milestone day for head coach Jen Greeny, but it was nothing new for the No. 9-ranked Lewis-Clark State College volleyball team which continues to knock down team after team with its powerful attack and quick defense. On Saturday, the Warriors defeated No. 21-ranked Rocky Mountain College 25-11, 25-12, 22-25, 25-18 to win their 11th consecutive match.
Saturday’s victory was win number 100 for Greeny who has quickly made winning a thing to be expected from the LCSC volleyball program. Now in her fourth year at the helm, Greeny currently holds a record of 100-22 (.819) with the Warriors, has led them to three straight conference titles, and is in perfect position to win another title this season.
“It’s been great,” said Greeny about the milestone. “The players we’ve had have been amazing, and they’ve really bought into the system. A lot of the credit goes to them.”
The players certainly seemed to buy into the system on Saturday as they stormed the court in the first set with a hitting percentage of .619 and then played good enough defense to force Rocky to hit negative .100 in set number two.
“I thought we came out playing exceptionally well,” Greeny said. “Especially with our serving and defense we got them out of rhythm.”
LCSC finished with eight service aces including four in the fourth set which helped turn the momentum after Rocky Mountain found its stride in set three.
The Battlin’ Bears claimed the third set thanks to a .261 hitting percentage which outdid the Warriors’ sluggish .148 clip, but Lewis-Clark State answered by outhitting RMC .258 to .192 in the final set.
“Rocky responded and played well in the third, but I was proud of the way we came back in the fourth.”
Overall, LCSC hit .274 with Nicole Graybeal, Kelli Tikker, and Deddiy Alaimaleata leading the way in kills. Graybeal had 13 with three aces and two block assists, Tikker had 12 with an ace and 11 digs, and Alaimaleata had 11 with one solo block and a block assist.
Rocky, led by nine kills from Ashley Welborn, ended up hitting .112 on the afternoon.
LCSC setters Kim Fong and Alysssa Wold had 23 and 22 assists, respectively, while Rocky’s Kristin Barott had 30. On defense, Katie Hinrichs led with 13 digs, and Jenika Bird Jeppson had five block assists.
The Warriors are now 19-1 overall and 9-0 in league play, while the Battlin’ Bears fall to 16-6 and 6-3.