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September 10, 2011

2011 Season - Vikings finish 2-2 at Rhodes Invitational

Freshman outside hitter Emily Leazer recorded 22 kills on the day, but Augustana fell to the hosts and Millsaps at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee. The Vikings went 2-2 in the tournament.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.-After getting a pair of big wins Friday, Augustana suffered two tough losses Saturday at the Rhodes Invitational. Against the hosts, the Vikings dropped two highly-contested sets before falling 25-16 in the third. In the team's second match of the day, they again fell in three sets, this time to Millsaps.

Rhodes 3, Augustana 0 (26-24; 29-27; 25-16)

 After falling behind 7-2 in the first set, the Vikings bounced back to take a 15-10 lead. Unfortunately, they couldn't hang on and fell 24-26. The Lynx won another nip-and-tuck affair in set two, prevailing 29-27. No more than two points separated the teams after the hosts held a three-point edge at 12-9. In the third set, Augustana led 1-0 and was tied at 2-2, but it was all Rhodes after that as the Lynx, now 5-2 on the year, went on to get the sweep with a 25-16 win.

 Freshmen Emily Leazer (St. Viator HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill.) and Samantha Kammerman (Sherrard HS, Milan, Ill.) led the Vikings with 15 and eight kills, respectively. Junior setter Kelsey Mikula (Coal City HS, Coal City, Ill.) led the Vikings with 21 assists and six digs.

Millsaps 3, Augustana 0 (25-21; 25-18; 25-18)

  Augustana dropped a hard-fought first set 25-21 before the Majors took the next two by identical scores of 25-18.

 Mikula racked up 23 assists and a pair of service aces to lead Augustana. Leazer again led the Vikings with seven kills and Katrina Colclasure (Tri-Valley HS, Bloomington, Ill.) had a team-best 17 digs.

 Augustana is now 5-5 on the year, while Millsaps improved to 6-2.