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KWU Volleyball 2-0 to Open Home Tourney

KSAL Sports - September 14, 2013 9:59 am

The Kansas Wesleyan Volleyball team went 2-0 on the first day of the Second Annual LaQuinta-KWU Volleyball Invitational held in Mabee Arena and Muir Gym on the Kansas Wesleyan campus on Friday. Wesleyan scored a pair of straight set wins over Central Methodist and St. Thomas-Houston to improve to 9-7 overall on the season.
In the Coyotes’ opening match of the Invitational, Wesleyan cruised past Central Methodist (Mo.) 25-16, 25-22, 25-14. Brittaney Miller led the Coyotes with 11 kills in the match while hitting .440. The Coyotes hit .337 as a team in the match with 44 kills.

The first set was tied 8-8 when Wesleyan would blow things open. Quickly the Coyotes would take control, extending their lead to 14-10 and would later increase the lead to 17-12 on a CMU error. After a kill by CMU, the Coyotes would score the next four points to take a 21-13 lead before winning the set 25-16.

The second set bounced back and forth early, but Wesleyan would break a 10-all tie with a 6-1 run to take a 16-11 lead on Melissa Blair’s kill. CMY would get back within a point, the last time at 23-22 before a kill by Taylor Elkinton and then an ace by Lauren Chamness would give the Coyotes the second set win.

Wesleyan saw itself trailing 11-8 in the third set, but three straight points would tie things up at 11-all. The Coyotes finally broke free of the Eagles, snapping a 13-all tie on a service error. The Coyotes would score ten straight points behind the serve of Marlene Yang as they closed the match on a 12-1 run to win the third set 25-14.

In the final match of the night on Wesleyan’s court, the Coyotes wasted little time in taking care of St. Thomas-Houston 25-15, 25-16, 25-18. Breanne Schultz led the Coyotes with 10 kills on .450 hitting as Wesleyan tallied 37 kills in the match while hitting .250 as a team and had 10 total blocks.

In the first set, the Coyotes would hold off St. Thomas and slowly pull away for the win. The Coyotes led 14-10 before extending their lead to 19-12 on a block by Taylor Klover and Alexis Bateman. A huge Melissa Blair block would give the Coyotes set point for the win.

Wesleyan jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but St. Thomas would stay close until midway through the set. The Coyotes saw a three-point lead quickly balloon to an eight-point advantage at 20-12 on a block by Klover and Kaci Cole. The Coyotes would win the second set on a service error.

The Coyotes scored the first four points of the third set and never looked back. St. Thomas never got closer than four point the rest of the way and would reach a set high eight points three times, the last at 23-15.

Wesleyan plays two matches Saturday on the final day of the LaQuinta-KWU Invitational. Wesleyan faces John Brown at 10:30 a.m., and then closes the tournament at 3 p.m. against No. 24 ranked Wayland Baptist.