GALESBURG, Ill. - The Rockford University volleyball team fell in straight sets to both Knox College and the University of Dubuque to conclude its weekend at the Knox College Tournament. Rockford lost its opener 25-18, 25-21 and 25-8 to Knox before falling 25-12, 25-15 and 25-21 to the undefeated Spartans.
In Rockford's opener against host Knox College, the Regents had a trio of players record at least five kills. Emily Johannes (Eau Claire, Wis.) recorded a team-high 6 kills, while Maddison Hiland (Bellevue, Iowa) and Jessica Diaz (Bolingbrook, Ill.) each had 5 kills. Kayla Barthels (Fort Worth, Texas) did a stellar job directing the RU offense as she tallied 19 of the Regents' 20 assists. Defensively it was once again Jennifer Quintas (Rockford, Ill.) who led the way for Rockford with 17 digs.
Following their loss to Knox, the Regents returned to the court to square off against the undefeated Dubuque Spartans. Rockford struggled in each of the first two sets as the Regents fell behind early and were never able to recover. However, Rockford played much better in third set battling with the Spartans the entire way. The Regents scored five of the first eight points to take an early 5-3 lead. The Spartans would answer back scoring four straight points to take the lead for the first time in the set. Although Dubuque never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the day, Rockford was able to keep it close and make Dubuque work for the 3-0 win.
The Regents were led by a trio of performers in their match against Dubuque. Freshman Emily Johannes once again led the Rockford attack with a team-high 8 kills. She also added four digs and one block assist to finish off her stat line. Sophomore Kayla Barthels played an excellent all-around game with 4 kills with 0 errors on just 8 attempts for .500 hitting percentage. She rounded out her day with a team-high 21 assists and 2 digs. Jennifer Quintas was again the backbone of the Rockford defense, tallying a team-high 12 digs.
Jennifer Quintas was also named to the Knox College All-Tournament Team for her performance throughout the weekend. Quintas was the anchor for the RU defense finishing with a team-high 73 digs in Rockford's four matches. This marks the second straight weekend Quintas has earned all-tournament team status.
The RU women's volleyball team returns to the court on Tuesday, September 19 when they travel back to Knox College for a single match against the Prairie Fire. The match has a scheduled start time of 7:00 PM.