HELENA, Mont. -- Indiana Wesleyan University volleyball won one and lost one Saturday to end their trip out west to Montana with a 3-1 record to open the 2011 season.
Carroll (Mont.) College, co-host of the Great Falls/Carroll Classic, overcame a 2-0 deficit to upend No. 21-ranked Indiana Wesleyan 3-2. IWU rebounded in their final match of the tournament with a convincing 3-0 victory over Montana Tech.
Indiana Wesleyan jumped out to a quick two game lead in the first match of the day with wins of 25-22 and 25-20. But IWU was unable to close out the host school and dropped the final three games 23-25, 12-25, 11-15.
Senior outside hitter Kate Denlinger paced the Wildcats with 20 kills while sophomore middle hitter Kristine Egebrecht added 15 kills and a .303 hitting percentage. Setting up most of the kills for Denlinger and Egebrecht was junior setter Yui Iwase with 50 assists. Iwase also contributed a team-high three aces.
Wildcat senior defensive specialist Kelsey Masuda collected 37 digs and Denlinger earned a solo block and three block assists.
Indiana Wesleyan routed Montana Tech in the finale with a 25-22, 25-10, 25-19 win to complete the 3-1 weekend.
Egebrecht led the Wildcats with 12 kills while senior middle hitter Lauryn Barfell added nine kills with a dazzling .727 hitting percentage. IWU ended the match with a .286 team hitting percentage and Iwase assisted on 41 kills.
Defensively, Indiana Wesleyan blocked four Montana Tech kills. Masuda again led the team in digs with 22 while junior Jordan Sudzina added nine.
Indiana Wesleyan will be idle the next 10 days and return to action on August 30 with a home scrimmage against University of Indianapolis (Ind.).