The Cornerstone volleyball squad participated in the Holiday Inn Express Classic in Bourbonnais, Ill., on Friday and Saturday. The Golden Eagles went 3-1 on the weekend improving their overall record to 9-8. Highlighting the Classic, Cornerstone beat two teams ranked in the top 20 in the NAIA. Prior to the weekend, Cornerstone won its last four matches, most recently a 3-1 victory at Lourdes on Wednesday.
On Friday the Golden Eagles finished the day 2-0 beating the No. 8 Georgetown College Tigers (3-0) and No. 17 Viterbo V-Hawks (3-2). In the first match of the day, Cornerstone hit .332 registering 46 kills. Cornerstone tallied a team 7.5 blocks while Cailie Johnson led the way with three solo and two assisted blocks. As a team, the Golden Eagles played strong defense with 54 digs while three players were in the double-digit figures for digs. Kim Weaver had 14, Abby Miedema added 11 and Johnson with 10. In the second match of the day, Cornerstone topped another nationally ranked opponent. With five sets played, the Golden Eagles beat No. 17 Viterbo 3-2. For the match, the V-Hawks hit .187 registering 52 kills; meanwhile, Cornerstone recorded 59 kills at a .199 pace. The Golden Eagles held a 4.5-4.0 edge in blocks during the match.
Saturday, Cornerstone wrapped up the classic finishing 1-1 with the win coming against Campbellsville University and dropping the Trinity Christian match. The first match of the day resulted in a tough 2-3 loss against Trinity Christian. Cornerstone began the match winning the first two sets but were unable to take a third and final set. The Trolls registered 41 kills compared to the Golden Eagles' 60 kills. The Golden Eagles were led by Johnson's 16 kills and Kim Weaver's 58 assists while Chelsea Lake had 20 digs. In the second match on Saturday, Cornerstone bounced back and finished Campbellsville 3-0. During the match, Johnson tallied 10 kills, Libby Webber delivered two aces and Miedema had 14 digs to aid in the Golden Eagles win.
Highlighting the weekend, the Holiday Inn Express Classic named an All-Tournament Team. Cornerstone's Cailie Johnson was named to the team with her strong offensive play. Johnson attacked at a .372 pace connecting on 59 kills during the tournament.
After breaking from WHAC play, the Golden Eagles will return to conference play when they face Lawrence Tech on Wednesday. Game will take place at 7 p.m. in Southfield, Mich.
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