Volleyball finds its way into the win column

Originally published October 29, 2010

After 16 straight losses, the women’s volleyball team defeated winless Chicago State, Tuesday night at the arena.

The Braves swept the Cougars in straight sets 25-18, 25-12, 25-11.

Chicago State is winless on the season at 0-26 and has only won four sets the entire season.

Bradley recorded  its third home victory of the year and improved its overall record to 5-19.

The Braves began the opening set strong and led by as many as nine points. Junior Megan Schmidt led the team with five kills and was a perfect five for five on attack attempts.

Bradley was able to limit the Cougars to just four kills in the set and won 25-18.

The home team continued to dominate in the second set. Freshman Amy Angelos had six kills and sparked a 10-2 run that gave Bradley a 15-5 advantage midway through the set.

The Braves maintained a double-digit lead throughout the frame and cruised to a 25-12 victory.

Bradley started the third set with a chance for only its second sweep of the season and the Braves played like they wanted it.

Junior Annie Cave led the Braves offensively with four kills in the set, she highlighting a 12-3 Bradley run that helped the team overcome an early 3-1 deficit.

The Braves cruised to an easy 25-11 third set victory and gave the team its most lopsided set victory all season.

Angelos led the Braves with a match-high 13 kills while Cave and Schmidt each chipped in eight.

Junior Rachelle Dejean had a match-high 13 digs and in the second set recorded her 1000th dig of her career. Dejean became the first Brave since 2002 to reach that mark.

“It doesn’t feel any different,” Dejean said. “I just played my game, but it feels good to work hard and reach a goal.”

Dejean also said it was a big morale booster for the team to get a win.

“It felt good,” she said. “We work really hard and we hadn’t seen the results. It was nice to get the W we wanted.”