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Juniors lead way at invite

Meredith Kelly | Monday, September 16, 2013


The Irish continued non-conference play with a successful weekend at home, sweeping all three of their games in winning the Shamrock Invitational.

On Friday, the Irish (5-3) won 3-0 against Loyola-Chicago (5-6) before taking both games Saturday, beating Oakland (4-4) 3-1 and Auburn (9-2) 3-2 . 

“We made really strong defensive plays and we were blocking a lot better,” junior outside hitter Jeni Houser said. “I think our serving helped us out a lot because we were able to get the other team in difficult offensive situations.”

The Irish took all three sets against Loyola-Chicago, winning 25-19 in the first set, 25-12 in the second, and 25-19 in the last. 

Junior outside hitter Toni Alugbue gathered 17.5 points for the Irish, with a total of 13 kills and 23 total attacks. Houser obtained 14 points for the Irish, with 12 kills and 19 total attacks. 

In the second match