DEKALB, Ill.— The Cougars swept the Knights of Fairleigh Dickerson on Saturday 25-18, 25-20 and 25-17.
"We were able to build off our momentum and energy from the game last night and it showed through our team dynamics," commented Head Volleyball Coach Kendall Paulus. "We were able to maintain a lead against a team that had the ability to come back despite the deficit at any moment."
"Today many players stepped up, including both of our middles Annie Ellis and Kiana Fields," Paulus added. "They helped out our team both offensively and deffensivley as well. Another threat was our outside hitters, Rachel McDonald and Dylynn Otte, who showed versatility as players throughout the weekend."
Ellis assisted the team by tallying nine kills and Fields added eight. McDonald recorded a double-double for the Cougars with 12 kills and 12 digs. Otte added nine kills and nine digs as well to the Cougars victory.
"The team was well balanced today. Some players were a little off today and having others contribute really showed how much of a team effort today was," Paulus stated.
The Cougars went 2-1 overall at the Northern Illinois University Tournament to improve their record to 2-1 as well. McDonald and Otte also received All-Tournament honors this past weekend.
Coach Paulus was pleased with the weekend, "Coming off of the first game, we learned a lot about our team as a whole. I am content with how this weekend turned out and feel that we are in a really good spot moving forward."
The Cougars will be back in action next Friday at the Saluki Bash in Carbondale, Illinois where they will take on Southeastern Louisiana in the first match at 10 a.m.