By Tyler Oehmen
The Clarke University women's volleyball team looks to continue its hot streak on Wednesday against Mount Mercy University. The recent surge included an eight-game win streak that was severed this past weekend at the Hannibal-LaGrange Tournament.
The run featured two conference wins and an undefeated home tournament. The team only went to five sets once during the eight-match stretch, beating Hannibal on the road for the final win of the win streak.
Wednesday night marks the final regular-season home match of 2011 season for the squad. It also is an important Midwest Collegiate Conference match-up. A win over Mount Mercy ensures Clarke will be seeded above Mount Mercy in the playoffs.
"You should see a team that wants to win," said head coach Chris Miron on the final home game of the season. "A team that is able to keep a level head. A team that's willing and committed to fighting back if they are in a hole. A team that wants to be the best team they can be all the time."
The Crusaders, who have won 12 of their last 14 matches, are currently coming off their third win of the year against Benedictine University. The group was led by an 11-kill performance from Elle Kosciuk.
Miron hopes to take his suddenly red-hot crew into the playoffs for a big championship push.
"I think the win streak was just a mark stating that we can do some damage to other teams," said Miron. "When we play consistent ball we can play very well. It is a statement that we are starting to peak at the right time."
The Crusaders are currently 20-11 and will look to improve to 10 games over .500. First serve is at 7:30 p.m.