Upcoming in Gray Wolves Volleyball: After a successful 3-0 weekend hosting the Gray Wolf Invitational, Lourdes sets its attention to Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play. The Gray Wolves travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. to face Indiana Tech in their lone match of the week.
Head Coach Greg Reitz: In his 10th season on the Lourdes bench, Greg Reitz has a 187-121 (.607) record at the helm of the Gray Wolves. In his 11th season overall as a women’s head coach, Reitz has a 207-156 (.570) career mark. He is the only head coach in Lourdes program’s history and was named WHAC Coach of the Year in 2015.
Series Notes: Lourdes and Indiana Tech are meeting for the 15th time on Wednesday evening, with the Gray Wolves holding a 9-5 series advantage dating back to Oct. 1, 2010. Lourdes has won the last eight matches between the two schools after sweeping the season series last year. The Gray Wolves downed Indiana Tech in four sets at the Ebeid Rec Center before winning a five-set contest in Fort Wayne, Ind. Lourdes holds a slim 4-3 series edge in matches played in Fort Wayne.
Wrapping Up Last Week: Lourdes picked up its first victory of the season on Friday afternoon in five sets, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-13 over Shawnee State. Allie Hale had 24 kills and Angelica Dippold tallied 40 digs defensively. The Gray Wolves followed that effort up with a four-set win over Grace on Friday night, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23, 28-26. Kylee McBride recorded 14 kills while Angelica Dippold added 23 digs. Lourdes concluded the weekend with a 30-32, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 win over West Virginia Tech on Saturday. Hale put down 17 kills while Alli Plasencio recorded 23 digs.
Scouting Indiana Tech: The Warriors enter WHAC play having won three straight matches. Last Saturday, Indiana Tech swept Bethel (Ind.) while downing Union (Ky.) in four sets at the Julie Martin Classic. Olivia Niekamp leads the Warriors with 102 kills and is hitting .255 on the season while Madison Park has a team-high 240 assists. Olivia Gessner has registered 12 service aces. Defensively, Madeline MacDonald has tallied 202 digs while Havilyn Cummings has registered 56 blocks.
Gray Wolves in WHAC Openers: Lourdes is 4-4 all-time in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference openers. The Gray Wolves have won four of their last five conference openers after downing Indiana Tech in four sets to begin league play last season. Lourdes is 1-4 in WHAC openers when beginning conference action on the road. The Gray Wolves last began league play away from home in 2017, a 3-0 setback at Siena Heights.
Dippold Earns WHAC Honor: Angelica Dippold earned her sixth career Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Defender of the Week honor after a standout weekend. The senior averaged 5.92 digs per set, tallying 77 total digs, in her libero role. In addition, she added five service aces and 11 assists in the three matches.
Record-Setting Efforts: Angelica Dippold set the school’s single match dig record on Friday afternoon against Shawnee State. The senior tallied 40 digs, breaking her own previous mark of 39 set against Indiana-Kokomo in 2017. In addition, Lourdes set a single match record as a team with 115 total digs in that match, surpassing the previous mark of 104 set at Indiana-South Bend in 2018.
Hale Matches Single Match Record: Allie Hale also tied a school single match record for the Gray Wolves against Shawnee State. The junior recorded a career-high 24 kills, becoming the fourth player in program history to register that number in a match. Hale also set the school’s single match record for attempts during the same match, swinging 68 times, one more than Katie McKenty’s previous mark of 67 against Union (Ky.) in 2012.
Running the Offense: Lourdes ran a 6-2 offense the entire weekend with Megan Vayansky and Annika Devendorf handling the setting duties. Vayansky is handing out 6.39 assists per set thus far this season and handed out a season-high 32 helpers against West Virginia Tech. She had a pair of double-doubles in the Gray Wolf Invitational. Devendorf handed out 5.62 assists per set over the weekend with a season-high of 28 against West Virginia Tech. She also recorded her first collegiate double-double against Grace.
Starting Slowly: Lourdes has only won the opening set of the match once through seven contests thus far this season. The Gray Wolves took the opening set from Shawnee State on Friday, 25-21.
In the Record Books: Lourdes has several players who rank among the top-10 all-time in program history in various statistical categories. Angelica Dippold is second all-time with 1,385 career digs. She is also sixth in matches played (93) and fifth in sets played (325). Sarah Wisser is ranked ninth all-time with 329 career assists.
This and That: Lourdes is 34-6 all-time inside the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center ... the win over Shawnee State snapped a three-match losing skid in five-set contests ... Elise Sanford is hitting a team-leading .286 and has 19 blocks on the year.