CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Freshman Alissa Wittenburg (Readlyn, Iowa/Wapsie Valley) broke Coe's four-set digs record with 35, as Coe College tied the school record with its 30th win in a 3-1 victory over William Penn.
The Lady Statesmen took the first set 25-23, leading a majority of the match. Coe came out firing in the next two sets, winning each 25-17 to regain a 2-1 lead. In a tight fourth set, the Kohawks came away with a 25-23 victory.
Four Kohawks were in double-figures with kills, led by freshman Rachel Schaefer (Waterloo, Iowa/Columbus) with a match-high 18. Senior Molly Steffens (Peosta, Iowa/Western Dubuque) added 16 while sophomore Megan Barron (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) and senior Kaitlin McClimon (DeWitt, Iowa/Central) finished with 10 kills apiece. With her 16 kills, Steffens went over 1,110 for her career.
Junior Emily Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa/Mount Vernon) had a match-high 55 assists and 14 digs. Steffens and junior Brittany Shickell (Nevada, Iowa/Nevada) joined Ryan and Wittenburg in double-figure digs with 16 and 14 respectively. Wittenburg's 35 digs breaks Amber Karkosh's record of 29 that she set twice on Sept. 17, 2004 in matches against Wartburg and Monmouth.
The Kohawks will close out the regular season Friday night, as they host the Pioneers of Grinnell. Coe will honor its two seniors, McClimon and Steffens, during the night. Officials from the Iowa Conference office will also be on hand to present the Kohawks with their Iowa Conference Championship trophy, the first in school history. The match is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at Eby Fieldhouse.