Bluffton moves to 12-3 with win over Luther College
September 18, 2010
By: Erin Oberly, sports information assistant
St. Thomas stats I Luther stats
DECORAH, Iowa - Completing their second day of competition, the Beaver volleyball
team went 1-1 as they fell to No. 14 St. Thomas University, 25-9, 25-21, and 27-25.
They then went on to defeat host Luther College in a four-set match, 25-18, 25-15,
20-25, 25-19. The Beavers are now 12-3 as they enter their first week of conference
Despite a slow start again St. Thomas, the Beavers bounced back to put up a tough
fight against the Tommies. Junior Nicole Wood (Tiffin/Hopewell-Loudon) led the team in kills with 11. Fellow junior Courtney Zimmerman (Leesberg/Fairfield) followed closely with seven kills of her own. Shauna Rowland (Bucyrus/Wynford) directed the offense with 30 assists.
Defensively, the Beavers were led at the net by Zimmerman and sophomore Brooke Distel (Carey), who each had one solo block and senior Heather Rodman (Mansfield/Mansfield Christian) who contributed three block assists. Sophomore libero
Heather Schierer (Crescent Springs, Ky./St. Henry) led the Beaver backline with 17 digs, while senior
Allison Streicher (Continental) scooped up eight digs. Schierer also pounded out four service aces.
Against Luther, Wood again led the team in kills with 13, followed by Zimmerman with
11 kills and Rodman with nine kills. Rowland once again dished out a steady 44 assists
to her attackers. Schierer slammed six service aces, a new match-high for the libero.
The Beavers proved to be a force at the net as Distel and Rowland contributed one
solo block apiece, while Zimmerman added five block assists, Rodman had three block
assists, and freshman Bethany Behnfeldt (Napoleon) and Wood each had two block assists. Schierer once again led the team
in digs with 16, junior Jenna Eshleman (Landisville, Penn./Hempfield) contributed 12 digs, and Rowland and Streicher each
had 10 digs.
For her efforts at Luther College over the weekend, Jenna Eshleman was named to the
All-Tournament Team. The Beavers finished the trip 2-2 with victories over Bethel
The Beavers open up conference action as they welcome rival Mount St. Joseph to Founders
Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The first serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.