For just the second time in school history, the Buena Vista volleyball team picked up a win over Central College on Wednesday night inside of Siebens Fieldhouse, where they swept the Dutch in three sets by scores of 25-16, 25-14, 25-12.
It was all Beavers from the start, as they jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set and never let the Dutch get any closer than three the rest of the set. BVU finished with a match-high 12 kills in the set while holding Central to six kills and forcing six errors.
The two teams went back-and-forth at the start of the second before BVU broke open a 5-5 score with three straight points en route to a 12-4 spurt that gave the team a 17-9 lead following one of Serena Sandvig's six kills on the night. Back-to-back attack errors by the Dutch gave BVU the 11-point win.
BVU had nine kills and just two errors in the third set, while forcing Central into 11 errors on 36 swings. A serving ace from Jade Schaap made it an 8-2 while a kill by Schaap later in the set made it 21-7. She then blasted the ball straight down on match-point for her match-high 10th kill of the night.
BVU had 32 kills in the contest and a .235 attack percentage while forcing 25 Central errors.
After Schaap was Sandvig and Jamie Navinskey each finishing with six while combining for only three errors. Schaap also added seven digs and a pair of aces. Ali Grein added four kills, five digs and three solo blocks, while Brooke Runneberg turned in three kills, and six total blocks.
Mackenzie Gropel was finding the open attackers all night long, dishing out 28 assists and capping her second straight double-double with 10 digs. Summer Goss continues her solid play after converting to the starting libero by posting a match-high 15 digs.
Schaap moves within 16 kills of 1,800 in her career and 33 away from matching Maddie Bardole for the program's all-time career mark of 1,817. She's also 19 digs away from 1,300.
Buena Vista's only other win over the Dutch came in 2014 when the Beavers also swept them in Storm Lake. BVU is now 6-0 at home this season and 18-5 since the start of 2014.
The Beavers (14-9, 4-3 IIAC) will take part in the Bethany Lutheran triangular on Saturday, October 14, where it will play Northland at 3:00 p.m. and the host Vikings at 5:00 p.m. The team will then wrap up IIAC play next Tuesday night with a road match at Coe College (11-12, 3-2 IIAC) at 7:30 p.m.
KBVU sports director, Tanner Hoops, caught up with head coach Lori Slight after the match. That full interview is below.