College Sports

Lady Lynx volleyball team set for Neon Night in Thursday home match

After being on the road for the last five games, the Lindenwood University-Belleville women’s volleyball team returns home to take on Lincoln Christian University on Thursday. First-serve is set for 7 p.m. It’s also Neon Night inside Lynx Arena and fans are encouraged to wear Neon colors.

The Lady Lynx (6-3), continued rolling along in its last time out as they defeated Oakland City University in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-14). Kendall Linder paced the offense with a season-high 12 kills while Erin Ladeairous set a new career-high with 10 kills and a match-high .556 hitting percentage. Kourtney Knox handed out 16 assists while Emily Schaller and Elle Gebke had 11 digs each.

The win over Oakland City is its third in the last five games and during that stretch they’ve been dominant on both sides of the net.

Leading the way has been senior Stephanie Cathcart with her 70 kills, .258 hitting percentage and 28 blocks. Her highlight outing was against Bemidji State University where she set a program record 27 kills in a five set thrilling win.

Linder, a Bloomington, Illinois, native, has stepped up her play with 43 kills while Ladeairous upped her kill total to 23 in the last five. The duo of Allie Holmes and Knox have combined for 103 of the teams’ 154 assists while Emily Schallerleads the team defensively with her 66 digs.

On the year, the Lady Lynx currently rank 15th in blocks per game (2.37), 22nd in blocks (83), 33rd in service aces (69) and 43rd in service aces per game (1.97).

Cathcart has dominated the court this season with her 130 kills, 3.42 kills per set, .253 hitting percentage and 48 blocks. Linder is second on the team with 74 kills and fourth in blocks having 15. Holmes has 143 assists to her name while Schaller continues to shine in her freshman season with 148 digs.

Lincoln Christian (3-2), meanwhile, is coming off a three set (25-22, 25-11, 25-13) win over Fontbonne College. On the night, Katie Boyce led the way with 10 kills and a .316 hitting percentage. Maliah Feller-Blakemore contributed 26 assists while Melissa Swartz added 12 digs.