|Buena Vista (25-11, 5-2 IIAC)||20||17||16||0|
|Coe College (28-8, 7-0 IIAC)||25||25||25||3|
|Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|Buena Vista||Indv. Leaders||Coe College|
|2 Players (#2,#7) - 9||Kills||#22 Rachel Schaefer - 12|
|2 Players (#8,#7) - 2||Blocks||#11 Olivia Leisinger - 4|
|#3 Jordan Henningsen - 15||Digs||#2 Alissa Wittenburg - 12|
|2 Players (#3,#13) - 2||Aces||2 Players (#2,#6) - 3|
|Buena Vista||Team Statistics||Coe College|
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Coe volleyball team rolled to its first ever Iowa Conference Tournament title Saturday night with a 3-0 victory over Buena Vista. With the win, the Kohawks will make their second NCAA Tournament appearance in team history.
In the first set, both teams started off with a back and forth battle, tying the set at 7-7 before Buena Vista went on a 4-0 run to take an 11-7 lead. The Kohawks then answered with four consecutive points of their own to tie the set at 11-11 and force the Beaver timeout. Coe came out of the timeout to score 10 of the next 17 points to take a 21-18 lead and force another timeout by Buena Vista. The Kohawks then pulled away for the 25-20 set victory and the 1-0 lead in the match. Coe was led by juniors Mackenzie Harbaugh (Manchester, Iowa/West Delaware) and Brianna Smith (Johnston, Iowa/Urbandale) who posted five kills each. Harbaugh finished the match with nine kills and a team-high 30 assists along with four digs and three aces. Smith had six kills, a dig and a block assist on the night.
Coe jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the second set, causing the Beavers to spend a timeout. Buena Vista was able to pull within two of the Kohawks at 11-9, but Coe went on a 14-8 run to win the set 25-17 and increase their match lead to 2-0. Senior Rachel Schaefer (Waterloo, Iowa/Columbus) led the team with seven kills in the set. She finished the night with a team-high 12 kills to go along with five digs, four assists and two block assists.
The Kohawks again took an early 5-2 lead in the third set, but Buena Vista pulled within three at 10-7 to force a timeout by Coe. The Beavers then climbed back to trail by one at 13-12, causing another Kohawk timeout. Out of the timeout, Coe went on a 9-3 run to lead 22-15 and finished by scoring three of the last four points to win the set 25-16, the match 3-0 and the conference tournament. Schaefer once again led the Kohawks with four kills in the set.
Coe will discover its next opponent and where they will be playing in the NCAA Tournament on Monday, Nov. 10. The selection show will air at 10 a.m. on NCAA.com. Stay tuned to CoeAthletics.com for any updates.