By Tyler Oehmen
The Clarke University women's volleyball team claimed its school record 30th win of the season Wednesday night in the final regular season match up of the 2013 campaign. The 3-0 home win over MCC rival St. Ambrose marks the first time in any Clarke sport that a team has recorded 30 victories in one season.
"I'm incredibly proud of the women," said Miron. "I'm proud not only for the wins but for being able to continue to elevate our game for the whole season."
The Crusaders breezed through the first set 25-19 and won the second 25-21 behind big kills from Emily Wineinger.
Wineinger, who is leading the team in kills (333) and kills per set (2.66), has a .294 attack percentage from the outside.
"I'm able to get so many good looks at the court because of our setters," said Wineinger. "They run an absolutely amazing offense and I'm able to find the court very easily. Our team has also been working on staying positive a lot and not getting stuck in holes and I feel like our positivity as a whole has lead to these successes."
Ellie Kosciuk stormed Clarke through the third set with five kills, putting her night total at a match-high of 12 while hitting .450. Fellow middle Allison Pasker led the squad with four blocks. Meagan Franklin earned two aces and collected seven digs. Crusader libero led Clarke with 14 digs of her own, earning her 1,500th career dig in the process.
"We come into a match facing every opponent the same," said Wineinger. "We try to play our game and not worry about potential threats on the other side of the court. We work hard in practice every day and if we continue to take care of our business, we are going to accomplish great things this post season."
The 2013 squad has reached their 30th win playing in only the sixth most matches in team history.
"Tonight was especially important for us because of the rivalry between us and St. Ambrose," continued Miron. "Being able to go 3-0 against St. Ambrose in any situation of the season is a big deal for us."
Clarke will host William Penn on Saturday in the MCC Tournament quarterfinals. First serve at the Kehl Center is slated for 7 p.m.