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Trailblazer Volleyball takes 3 from Danville
 September 29, 2011

Come-from-behind win in third set helps sweep Jaguars in VU home opener

The Vincennes University Volleyball Team had a fairly uneventful two sets to begin its match with visiting Danville Wednesday night, but then had to claw from behind to take the third set and make the 2011 home opener at the VU P.E. Complex a sweep of the Jaguars.

The Trailblazers (17-8) registered 25-15, 25-6 and 25-21 victories, providing what Coach Brittany Harry considered a barometer of her team's progress - especially in the final set when VU trailed until tying it up at 20.
"Many times this year, we've taken the first two games (of a match) but we didn't come out with enough fire in the third game," Harry said. "We've worked on making sure our players realize that other teams aren't going to quit playing; no one wants to lose 25-6; we're all athletes and any athlete would say 'that's enough at some point if we're not playing well.' I think our girls took them lightly in that third set and Danville started to make some scrappy plays and do some things they hadn't done earlier. It caught our girls off guard a little so we played catch-up in that third set."

The Jaguars led 19-14 when VU called a timeout. Instructions and motivation during the break brought some more intensity and the Trailblazers scored five unanswered points to knot it up. VU then pulled ahead 21-20 and outscored the Jaguars 4-1 to seal the match.

Harry said sophomore Bonnie Stone's play off the bench also ignited the Trailblazers for the comeback.

"She came in off the bench and just created a spark for us," the coach said. "She's a very good jumper so she gets over a lot of blocks and the angle off her attack is more up-and-down and not so deep. She was able to come in and get some big kills to get the crowd fired back up when we were down a few points. That's something we've talked about in practice – coming in and providing more intensity.

"We had also worked in practice this week on situations where we were down and had to come back and win, so the position we got ourselves into in that last game wasn't completely foreign to us," she added. "It definitely showed that what we're working on in practice is paying off on the court at times like this."

Freshmen Janyl Zachary and Tiffany Madura also had productive evenings. Madura had six kills, while Zachary registered five. Sophomore Jordan Owens and freshman Lauren Bratcher had four kills each. Bratcher also had 22 assists, while freshman Katlyn Anderson finished with 10 digs.

Harry lauded Wednesday's large and lively crowd and said that type of support will be necessary at VU's remaining three home dates.

"The crowd we had tonight just made it that much more fun," she said. "Volleyball is a fun sport to watch and it's catching on everywhere ... ESPNU is having College Volleyball Night on Wednesdays with one big match every week, and I think some of it may come from the Olympics a few years ago in Beijing. When you have a crowd behind you and people are getting excited, it's great. I couldn't have asked for a better crowd."

Next, the Trailblazers will host Lake Land College (IL), a NJCAA Div. I opponent, on Oct. 8 at the P.E. Complex. That match begins at 3 p.m.

Admission to VU volleyball matches is $5. Junior high and high school students get in for $2, while children 12 and under are admitted free. Also, VU students with a valid ID, faculty and staff with a valid ID and VU retirees are admitted free.

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