ST CHARLES, MO. – The Lindenwood women’s volleyball team lost to the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastadons in straight sets Saturday afternoon in Purdue Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“There were a lot of positives in our match against Fort Wayne. The effort was there, we just weren’t able to sustain a high level of play long enough to complete the sets,” said the head coach. Will Condon. “Fort Wayne did a good job of making us feel uncomfortable, which is good for us. We have to learn to adapt to be successful at this level.”
The Lions lost the first set in a tough 23-25 loss, and the second set was lost 16-25, but the third set was a fight that ultimately ended in a 27-29 overtime loss.
Despite the loss, the Lions still managed to put up some solid numbers against the Mastadons, including a team-leading effort of Taylor Gentemann, who managed 11 eliminations and 21 receptions, which were the best numbers in each category for the Lions. Madelyn Dement was right behind her with 10 kills and 13 digs, which was the most total digs on the day.
Nyah Wilson also showcased a strong offensive and defensive performance, registering nine kills, 19 receptions and 11 digs overall. Mia Kunert made his collegiate debut for the Lions, recording 10 receptions and eight digs throughout the game.
“Overall for the weekend, I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” Condon said. “This season will be a tremendous challenge and we have chosen to accept it, learn from it and enjoy it together.”
Next, the Lions will face New Mexico State in the first round of the Wildcat Classic hosted by Davidson in North Carolina. Departure time is 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2.