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Glenwood sweeps Shen in Hawk-10

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Glenwood hit a season-high .409 as a team in a 25-13, 25-18, 25-14 sweep of Denison last Tuesday in Hawkeye 10 Conference volleyball.

The Rams recorded 45 kills in the win, led by Halie Darrow and Courtney Magnussen with nine each. Seven different Rams recorded at least one kill.

Glenwood coach Maria Jacobus credits much of her team’s offensive success to its defense.

“Our defensive players did an excellent job of receiving serves and digging against Denison’s hitters,” Jacobus said. “Olivia Scarborough (our libero), Halie Darrow and Myranda Starner were fantastic in the back row for us and their passing allowed our setters (Bailey Starner and Meghan Crouch) and hitters to really shine at the net.”

Bailey Starner and Crouch combined for 33 set assists while Scarborough recorded 10 digs and three aces.
The Rams improve to 9-7 overall and 3-1 in the conference with the win. The Denison match was just the Rams’ second match in the last two weeks but Jacobus likes her team’s preparation and focus.

“I’m really pleased with the direction we’re going as a team.  Every time we step on the floor, we’re a little stronger mentally,” she said.  “Our defense has improved by leaps and bounds and when that happens, your offense should naturally grow with it. Our October schedule is tough, but we’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s the best preparation we can get for regionals at the end of the month.”