Katlyn Heiserman, a senior defensive specialist from Manchester, Iowa, goes up for a serve against Adams State last Saturday night. Heiserman finished the game with two aces. Last week Heiserman was RMAC defensive player of the week for volleyball. Heiserman became the 24th Loper to reach 1,000 career digs in last Fridays game when she dug up 29 balls. She is now at 1,044 digs, which ranks 20th in school history.
Kelsey Werner is a senior outside hitter from Grand Island, NE. She is a four year contributor to the Lopers front row.
Cola Svec, a senior from Elkhorn, and Jeri Walkowiak, a senior from Grand Island, go up for a block against the Adams State Grizzlies. Svec and Walkowiak have been starting together since they were freshman. Against Adams State, Svec recorded 29 assists while Walkowiak had eight kills with UNK defeating the Grizzlies.
On “UNK Tackles Cancer Night,” fans came out in full force and wore pink to show their support, while the volleyball team out matched Adams State in all phases of the game.
Last Saturday night, in front of a sea of pink, the Loper volleyball team was able to blow by the Adams State Grizzlies in three consecutive sets.
The match started with captain Cola Svec serving up an ace to give the Grizzlies a warm welcome to Loper country. In this case Svec was able to do it on her own, but for the rest of the night she received help from her team.
“Katlyn Heiserman, Kaleigh Andersen and Setera Michaels did a good job at (serve) receiving and keeping us in our system,” said head volleyball coach Rick Squiers.
With the Loper defense digging up the Grizzlies' kill attempts and giving Svec quality passes, the quarterback of the volleyball team was able to distribute the ball to her teammates.
“Cola (Svec) was able to mix it up and use her hitters which made us tough to stop,” Squiers said. Jerri Walkowiak and Katie Sokolowski used Svec’s sets to compile kill percentages of .400 and .455 for the night.
The Loper front row also dominated the opposition at the net by recording seven blocks in only three sets. Although UNK’s blocking was aggressive, the coaching staff thinks there is still room for improvement.
“We made a few unforced errors,” Squiers said.
In the first set, the Lopers got off to a slow start, but capitalized on errors made by Adams State. UNK utilized their height at the net to slow down the Grizzly attack.
The Lopers jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second set and never looked back. Four aces by UNK and a flurry of hitting errors committed by Adams State allowed the Lopers to cruise through the second set.
In the third and final set, UNK woke up the hibernating Grizzlies by giving them a number of free points.
“In set three we gave them seven or eight points, we net fouled too many times, but otherwise we made progress,” Coach Squiers said.
Despite giving the Grizzlies easy points in the third set, Svec continued to distribute the ball, and the front row finished off Adams State with 15 kills in the final set.
The Lopers continue their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competition this weekend. They host the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on Friday and Colorado School of Mines on Saturday. Both games will start at 7 p.m. and will be held on UNK’s campus at the Health and Sports Center.