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Luth leads well-rounded attack, Storm top Iowa Wesleyan in four

Luth leads well-rounded attack, Storm top Iowa Wesleyan in four

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Jacqueline Luth had 19 kills -- including 15 in the final two sets -- leading three Simpson players in double figures, and the Storm beat Iowa Wesleyan in four sets Tuesday, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17.

Quiet during the first two sets, Luth came alive late to help the Storm (9-11) snap a three match losing streak. Elisa Wildy had a monster match with 15 kills and a .483 hitting percentage and Niki Dean added 10 kills.

Simpson trailed early in sets one and four. Iowa Wesleyan led 8-3 in set one and 6-2 in set four before big runs put the Storm in control. A 9-0 run propelled Simpson to a win in the first set and a 6-0 run put the match out of reach in set four. Wildy had three straight kills to close the fourth-set rally and put Simpson ahead 15-9 in the deciding set.

Setter Alyssa Mathews had a season-high 47 assists, adding a team-high 14 digs for her sixth double-double of the season and third in as many matches.

Cassandra Schwamborn had 11 kills and Sydney Ellsworth added nine for the Tigers (6-17), who dropped their sixth match in a row. The duo combined for eight kills in Iowa Wesleyan's 25-21 win in set two.

Simpson and Iowa Wesleyan will meet one more time this season, at the Augustana Pumpkin Bash in Rock Island, Ill. on Oct. 28.

Simpson hits the road for matches against Iowa Conference co-leaders Luther and Wartburg this weekend. The Storm face the Norse (19-6, 4-1) on Friday and the Knights (15-5, 4-1) on Saturday.