Volleyball Wins Illinois College Invitational, Improves to 4-0


JACKSONVILLE, ILL. - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology captured the Illinois College Invitational championship with a perfect 4-0 record on Saturday and Sunday.

The Fightin' Engineers won the championship match over Culver-Stockton on Sunday.  The battle featured Rose-Hulman earning a come from behind 16-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-21, 15-10 win by capturing sets four and five.

Senior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/Lutheran) was named tournament Most Valuable Player, and junior Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington, Ohio) earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

In the championship match against Culver-Stockton, Lewer led the Engineers with 12 kills.  Freshman Sarah Jensen (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest) added 11 kills, and freshman Anna Weber (Schererville/Lake Central) had 10 kills.

Junior Kira Boswell (Ames, Iowa) had match-highs of 20 assists and three aces, with Jensen pitching in with 19 assists.  Dangel contributed 20 digs, with junior Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) tallying 18 digs.

Rose-Hulman opened Sunday's play with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 victory over MacMurray.  Lewer hit .667 in the match with 15 kills and one error in 21 attacks.  Jensen had 19 assists, with Boswell contributing 17.  Senior Erika McGuire (Indianapolis/Warren Central) led the team with three aces.  Dangel (14) and Lewer (12) reached double figures in digs.

The Fightin' Engineers defeated Aurora 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 and topped Illinois College 25-14, 25-19, 25-15 in a pair of matches on Saturday.

Against Illinois College, Lewer hit .394 with 17 kills and Levitt added 10 kills.  Jensen recorded 26 assists, and Dangel led the squad with 20 digs.  Jensen and junior Catherine Fiutem (Harrison, Ohio/Oldenburg Academy) recorded two aces.

The Aurora opener featured a balanced offense.  Lewer had nine kills, Levitt recorded eight and Fiutem tallied seven.  Boswell had team-highs of 13 assists and six service aces, with Dangel leading the way with 17 digs.

Rose-Hulman stands 4-0 and returns to action and travels to Greenville College for its next match on Wednesday.