SAU Buzz

Women’s Volleyball off to strong start

by A.J. Engelsen
Posted on Sep 21, 2017

The women’s volleyball team has gotten off to a hot start in conference play. They took down Judson 3-0. The Fighting Bees moved to 7-6 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.

The Bees are hoping to finish high in the conference standings this year after a fifth place finish in the north division. Jenna Laxton, libero, thinks the team can finish on top.

“We are expecting to finish on top by simply taking it one game at a time,” Laxton said.
Laxton was CCAC defensive player of the week after playing her first two conference games for the Bees. In her third game, she led the team with 14 digs.

As a junior, Laxton transferred from Kirkwood Community College. She is originally from Moline Illinois. She was honored to receive the award so early in the season.

“Earning CCAC defensive player of the week and only having played two conference games so far was a huge honor,” Laxton said. “I wouldn't have earned that award without my teammates and my coach Dawn Kerr pushing me out of my comfort zone every day at practice.”

As a transfer, Laxton had to adjust quickly as the season starts when school starts. She has enjoyed her time at SAU already and the SAU community has a lot to do with that.

“All of my professors are very helpful and understanding when it comes to my traveling schedule. The volleyball program is outstanding and it's just a giant family. I enjoy playing on the team and playing for Dawn Kerr,” Laxton said.

The Bees will play their next home game on September 21 against Trinity International University. Trinity International is the only other undefeated team in the north division.The team really appreciates the home crowd and looks forward to every game in Lee Lohman.

“The home crowd definitely has an impact on our play,” Laxton said. “The environment in the gym is uplifting. I think the band does an amazing job and does their part making and keeping us players game ready.”  

SAU will also be hosting the 2017 CCAC crossover on October 6 and 7. There, they will play three schools from the South division of the CCAC: Calumet St. Joseph, University of St. Francis (Ill.) and Indiana University South Bend.