Last Friday, the Thunder played against Loras College, losing three of the five sets in their fourth home game of the season. The Thunder started out their first match by trading points with Loras and breaking away when both teams were tied on the 12th point. The Thunder then scored eight points while Loras scored two points, bringing the score to 20-14. At this point, both teams managed to trade points, with the Thunder winning 25-18. In the second set, Loras came out fast and strong, scoring 12 points to the Thunder’s three. At that point, the Thunder settled in and began making up lost ground, but were unable to fully catch up with Loras, ending the set with an 18-25 loss. The Thunder responded by winning the third set 25-19 after getting ahead of Loras early in the set. In the fourth set, Loras came back by scoring the first six points, and finishing the set off with a streak of seven points in a row at the end to win 25-15. Loras won the final set with yet another streak at the end, pulling past the Thunder with a nine point streak to win the final set 15-9.
On Wednesday, the Thunder geared up to play Elmhurst. The Thunder won the match by winning all three sets. The Thunder found themselves in a dangerous position early in the first set, trailing behind 3-11 before closing the gap. As the Thunder found themselves behind 15-19, they began a six point streak, finding themselves in the lead for the first time since the very beginning of the match. The Thunder managed to hold that lead for the last four points of the match, winning narrowly 23-25. The second set saw both teams remaining neck and neck, with the Thunder winning narrowly with another 25-23 victory, with neither team managing to score more than four points in a row. The final set saw yet another close matchup, with the Thunder narrowly taking a lead in the beginning, only to have it tied back up by Elmhurst at 10-10. The Thunder managed to pull ahead again with a score of 17-12, only to see Elmhurst reel them back in at 21-21. They pulled in the lead again, but were unable to maintain the two-point lead to end the game at 25 points, finally pulling two points ahead at 28-26 to win the set and match. This victory brings the Thunder volleyball team to a season record of 6 wins and 12 losses.