The Bears picked up their eleventh win in a row and 34th overall by beating Rio Grande in straight sets Tuesday night. SSU won by scores of 25-13. 25-4, and 25-14.
With the win, SSU improves to 14-0 at home and 34-2 overall on the year.
"Getting a win is always good," SSU coach Kristy Kamer said. "Tonight, once again, it was a total team effort. Everyone on our team saw the court, and each of them, at some point, made an impact on the win tonight."
The Bears started quick, and on the strength of the hitting of Heather Koehler, took an early lead.
Koehler, a sophomore, had five kills in the set to give the Bears an early advantage. Megan Wills, a transfer from Rio Grande would finish the set with three kills in the last six serves.
"I think we played well tonight," Wills said. "We knew that they (Rio Grande) were going to come in here with everything they've got. But in all [aspects] we handled things well."
This was the first time that junior outside hitter had faced her old teammates since transferring to SSU this year.
"They're all my old friends," Wills said. "But I'm on a new team now and my concentration was just on winning. I tried to focus on doing my job."
Her coach thought that Wills was not affected by playing her former teammates.
"She's doing good," Kamer said. "I'm sure it's fun for her to get to play against her old teammates. But it also hard because they know what she's capable of doing. She had to tweak some things here and there, but overall she did very good."
SSU led 10-4 in the second set when senior Becca Day stepped to the line to serve. Fifteen serves and five service aces later, the Bears took the second set 25-4. Fellow senior Sam Emler had three kills in the sequence to help SSU to win the set.
"Becca had a great night serving," Kamer said. "It was one of her bests."
Day totaled a career-high eight service aces on the game. She would also join teammate Jami Turrill to lead the Bears with ten kills.