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KWU Volleyball Smashes Bethany

KSAL Sports - October 3, 2013 6:15 am

LINDSBORG – The Kansas Wesleyan Volleyball team remained unbeaten in KCAC play as the Coyotes swept the Bethany Swedes 25- 13, 25-12, 25-13 on Wednesday night at Hahn Gym. The win improved the Coyotes’ record to 15-9 overall and 7-0 in the KCAC.

Wesleyan’s offense was clicking on all cylinders against the Swedes as the Coyotes pounded out 43 kills in the match (14.33 per set) and had a .429 hitting efficiency.

The first set was tied 3-3 when the Coyotes scored five straight to take an 8-3 lead and force a Bethany timeout. Wesleyan never got Bethany get any closer than 9-6 as the Coyotes opened up a 22-12 lead in the opening set on the way to a 25-13 victory.

The second set was tied 5-5 when the Coyotes blew things open taking a 14-7 lead on a block by Melissa Blair and Breanne Schultz. Wesleyan extended its lead to 20-10 on a kill by Blair and would finish the set on another kill by Blair to win 25-12.

“Our offense was on fire tonight,” Wesleyan coach Fred Aubuchon said. “We played well in front of a great crowd tonight. We always enjoy going to Bethany, they always give us a ‘warm’ welcome.”

Bethany led briefly in the final set at 5-4, but the Coyotes had an answer. Wesleyan scored the next nine points to take a 13-5 lead in the set. The Swedes got within five at 13-8, but the Coyotes would rattle off the next six points, the last coming on a Taylor Klover block to regain control.  Wesleyan led 23-10 before Bethany scored the next three points to get within ten. Lauren Chamness‘ kill set up match point and a match ending block by Schultz and Blair would seal the win for the Coyotes.

Schultz dominated the match with 12 kills against zero errors for a .667 hitting percentage in the match. Klover added eight kills and two blocks, and Chamness had seven kills. Taylor Elkinton had 30 assists and Brittaney Miller led the defense with nine digs.

The Coyotes are back in action on Saturday, heading to North Newton to take on the Bethel Threshers at 2 p.m. The Coyotes return home next Tuesday to take on No. 9 ranked Park (Mo.).