FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Indiana Wesleyan University volleyball swept through the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament this weekend as IWU completed Saturday with wins over Saint Ambrose (Iowa) University and No. 9-ranked Indiana Tech.
Indiana Wesleyan, who beat No. 16-ranked Madonna (Mich.) University and Campbellsville (Ky.) University on Friday, defeated Saint Ambrose 3-1 to advance to the tournament's championship match at noon. Awaiting IWU was tournament host and unbeaten Indiana Tech. Indiana Wesleyan made quick work of the ninth ranked team in three games.
With the wins on Saturday, Indiana Wesleyan has won 12 straight matches to improve to 18-3. Three of the last five matches from this past week have come against NAIA Top-25 programs.
In the Saturday opener versus Saint Ambrose, Indiana Wesleyan won in four games by scores of 25-8, 25-12, 24-26, 25-17.
Peyton Thompson had 14 kills and Brooke Atwell contributed 12. Kristine Egebrecht and Kate Denlinger each added nine. Yui Iwase assisted on 43 attacks while Denlinger served four aces and Alijah Mulitauopele finished with three.
The Wildcats earned 12 blocks with Atwell contributing one solo and four assists. Kelsey Masuda totaled 22 digs and Iwase added 11 for a double-double.
In the championship match, Indiana Wesleyan handed Indiana Tech its first defeat of the season in 20 matches by scores of 25-18, 25-12, 25-23. The victory for IWU avenges one of three defeats on the season. Indiana Tech had beat Indiana Wesleyan 3-0 on September 2 in the IWU/TU Tournament.
Thompson again led the Wildcats in attacking with 12 kills and a .417 attack percentage while Denlinger added nine kills with a percentage of .333. Iwase assisted on 34 kills in addition to five digs.
Masuda was the only Wildcat in double digit digs with 15. IWU tallied eight blocks as a team while Thompson had two solo blocks while Egebrecht and Atwell each had one solo and two block assists.
Two Wildcat student-athletes were honored for their performances after play concluded. Denlinger was tagged the Tournament's Most Valuable Player while Iwase was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Indiana Wesleyan will continue its run through top competition on Wednesday at 7 p.m. IWU travels to Upland, Indiana for a showdown with No. 13-ranked Taylor (Ind.) University.