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Coyote Volleyball Crushes Southwestern

KSAL Sports - September 19, 2013 6:04 am

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The Kansas Wesleyan Volleyball team put on another dominating performance on Wednesday night against the Southwestern College Moundbuilders at Mabee Arena. The Coyotes swept the ‘Builders in straight sets 25-8, 25-13, 25-18 to remain unbeaten in KCAC play and improve to 11-8 overall.

The Coyotes were in control from the outset of the match as Wesleyan rocketed out to a 7-1 lead in the first set and never looked back. Wesleyan’s lead reached 14 points at 19-5 in the opening set on a block by Melissa Blair, andMarlene Yang would serve an ace to close out the opening set.

The second set started out a little closer as the teams were tied 5-5 before the Coyotes broke loose. Sparked by a kill by Breanne Schultz, Wesleyan went on a decisive 7-0 run to take a 12-5 lead on an ace by Schultz. Southwestern got back within six, the last time at 15-9 before the Coyotes erupted again offensively pushing their lead out to 19-9 and even further to 24-12 on a kill by Caitlin ChamnessAddison Morehead would put down a kill for set point in the second set as the Coyotes won 25-13.

Southwestern led a couple times in the third set, the last at 6-5 before a Brittaney Miller kill would tie things at 6-all and a setting error against the ‘Builders would put the Coyotes ahead for good at 7-6. A kill by Taylor Klover would give the Coyotes a 10-8 lead before Shayne Vaught would serve five straight points, recording two aces along the way as Wesleyan extended its lead to 14-9. A block by Miller and Klover extended Wesleyan’s lead to 20-13 and a Miller kill would set up match point.

Southwestern fought off match point three times before Miller would close the match on a kill from a delivery by Taylor Elkinton for the Coyotes.

Miller led the way for Wesleyan with nine kills while hitting an impressive .643 in the match. Schultz added eight kills and hit .533 for the Coyotes as well. Elkinton had 29 assists and was one of five Coyotes with two service aces each as Wesleyan racked up a season high 12 aces. Yang had 10 digs for the Coyotes and Kloved added six blocks.

Wesleyan is off until Saturday when the Coyotes host a triangular event with McPherson College and Bellevue (Neb.) University. The Coyotes will play McPherson first, with the JV match starting at 12:30, followed by the varsity match at 2 p.m. Bellevue will then play McPherson at 4 p.m., and the Coyotes will take on Bellevue at 6 p.m. All matches will be in Mabee Arena.

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