The savage from Savage: Luth leads attack for the Storm

by Erich Bogner, Sports Reporter

Jacqueline Luth can dominate a game offensively, getting 27 kills against Dubuque, but she still wants to improve her game.

Luth is a 5-foot-11 junior from Savage, Minnesota. She plays outside hitter for Simpson and is one of the best in the Iowa Conference.

When Simpson Volleyball played Dubuque, Luth had 27 kills, which has not been done by a Simpson player since 2003 and is a tie for tenth most in a game in school history.

“It was just another game. I didn’t know I had that many,” Luth said. “I just knew every time I swung, I was looking to terminate and looking to score. As an outside, you get the good sets and the icky sets. I try to do the best I can with the ball every time I touch it.”

Killing it is nothing new for Luth. As a freshman, she was third on the team in kills with 201. Her sophomore year, she was second on the team with 287 kills. This season, Luth has 242 kills already and is leading the IIAC with 3.97 kills per set.

On Oct. 2, Luth was named IIAC Player of the Week for the first time in her collegiate career. “It’s pretty cool to be recognized hard work. But volleyball is for sure a team sport. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I didn’t have my setters and if we weren’t getting the passes we need,” Luth said.

She earned the IIAC Player of the Week award by scoring 42 kills in the week. Luth said while she can have games with incredible offensive numbers, she wants to keep working to become more consistent and decrease her errors.

Luth tries to improve every day by working on her mindset, trying to work on what balls she can hit and paying close attention to the scouting reports. The team doesn’t have mandatory film sessions like the football team does, but the players have access to the film.

During the offseason, Luth finds three things in her game she wants to improve upon. Beside that, the team lifts during the offseason and they have hitting sessions to keep their rhythms.

Luth said she has gotten better and more efficient at balancing studying and volleyball since her freshman year and she wants to pass that knowledge on to the younger players.

Luth and the Simpson volleyball team will be back at it Oct. 11 at Grinnell, and their next home game is on Oct. 18 against Iowa Wesleyan.