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UNK rocks Loper Invitational

Loper volleyball spiking the ball

Jill Selinas Mews
Sports Writer

UNK volleyball kicked off its 51st year in program history by competing in the Loper Invitational last weekend. They won four matches in 48 hours to win the crown.

“It is kind of a grind to play four matches and so we will have to give our best if we want to get results,” said Rich Squiers, UNK women’s volleyball coach before the weekend. 

In the first game on Friday against Adam State, the Lopers were in good shape and showed their depth. The Grizzles had no chance to find its rhythm against an energetic and sovereign UNK squad, falling in a quick three sets.

UNK took a little longer to find their stride, in the second game of the day. The Lopers were outmatched offensively by the University of Findlay and lost set one 22-25.

Set two was a complete turnaround from the first. UNK fought back hard, took control early and won 25-19.

The Lopers kept the momentum going in the third.              

They took an early 10-3 lead, finished with confidence and grabbed the 25-19 victory for a 2-1 set lead.

In the fourth, the Lopers fired on all cylinders to take a 17-7 lead. The Oilers had no comeback in them as UNK went on to win the set 25-14 and the game 3-1.

“I am really proud of everybody,” said Maddie Squiers. “We had good preparation all summer and spring. I think we did awesome. 

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