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KWU Volleyball Comes Up Short Against No. 8 Park

KSAL Sports - October 9, 2013 6:13 am

The Kansas Wesleyan Volleyball team held its own on Tuesday night as the Coyotes hosted No. 8 ranked Park (Mo.) at Mabee Arena. The Coyotes would win the first set 25-18, but the Top-10 ranked Pirates would rally to win the final three sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-21.

The loss snapped Wesleyan’s four-match winning streak, but did not hurt the Coyotes’ unblemished KCAC record which stands at 8-0 heading into Friday’s match at Ottawa to wrap the first half of conference play.

Wesleyan also snapped Park’s 26-set winning streak with the first set win.

The first set featured nine ties, but just one lead change. Park held an early led, but the Coyotes would draw even several times. After a Park kill gave the Pirates a 9-8 lead, a service error sparked a 3-0 run for Wesleyan that gave the Coyotes an 11-9 lead. The Coyotes pulled ahead for good on a kill byBrittaney Miller and would extend its lead to 19-13 on a Lauren Chamness kill. Park never got closer than five points the rest of the way as the Coyotes took the first set 25-18.

Wesleyan led 6-3 in the second set before Park would score seven straight points to take a 10-6 lead. The Pirates extended with lead to 16-10 and later 18-11. The Coyotes would rally, getting within four points at 19-15 on a hitting error by Park, and would get within three on a Melissa Blair block, but Park would hold on for the 25-21 win.

Wesleyan scored the first three points of the third set, and would lead 10-7 on a Lauren Chamness kill. Park tied things up at 10, but Wesleyan would maintain its lead until the Pirates would take a 20-15 lead and win 25-16.

Park jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the fourth set, and the Coyotes rallied tied things up at 4-all on Breanne Schultz‘ kill. Park would push its lead out to 7-4, but again the Coyotes rallied back to tie things up at 9-all. The Pirates then rattled off six straight points to take a 15-9 lead, which proved to be insurmountable for the Coyotes.

Schultz led the Coyotes with 11 kills, while Chamness and Miller reached double digits with 10 each. Taylor Elkinton had 37 assists and seven digs in the match. Marlene Yang recorded 20 digs, while Miller added 18. The Coyotes had nine total blocks paced by Taylor Klover with a solo and five assists.

Park’s All-America candidate Wanessa Siqueira had 31 kills while hitting .431 to lead the Pirates.

Wesleyan is back in action this weekend, returning to KCAC play to wrap the first half of the conference schedule on Friday at Ottawa, and starting the second half on Saturday at Saint Mary.