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KWU Volleyball Sweeps Bethany

KSAL Sports - November 5, 2013 6:18 am

The Kansas Wesleyan Volleyball team started the final week of regular season play in fine fashion with a three set sweep of the Bethany Swedes – 25-9, 25-17, 25-14 – on Monday night at Mabee Arena.

It was the first of three matches on the week for the Coyotes, who improved their KCAC record to 15-1 and to 23-11 overall on the season. Wesleyan faces Bethel on Wednesday and Ottawa on Saturday in the regular season finale, both matches at Mabee Arena.

Wesleyan powered out to an 8-1 lead in the first set, capping the charge with a service ace byBrittaney Miller before Bethany got a kill to break the Coyote run. A kill by Lauren Chamness got the Coyotes going again after Bethany got within 10-4 as Wesleyan pushed its lead out to 15-4. Back-to-back service aces by Sidney Schmeidler got the Coyote lead back out to 18-7 as Wesleyan finished the first set on a 9-2 run to win 25-9.

Bethany scored the first two points of the second set, but the Coyotes answered with eight straight to take an 8-2 lead in the set. The Swedes got as close as one point at 12-11, and were within two at 15-13 before Wesleyan got things going again. A block by Miller and Melissa Blair sparked a set-ending 9-4 run for the Coyotes as Chamness finished the set with a kill for the 25-17 win.

The Coyotes jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the third set and never led the Swedes get closer than four points the rest of the way. Freshman Caitlin Chamness would finish the match with a kill as the Coyotes took the final set 25-14.

Wesleyan had an impressive .450 hitting efficiency as a team as the Coyotes pounded out 44 kills, led by Breanne Schultz with 11 and Miller with 10. Lauren Chamness had nine as well. Taylor Elkinton had 30 assists and seven digs for the Coyotes, who featured a balanced digging effort with no player with more than eight in the match as Marlene Yang had top digging honors. Blair had five blocks to lead the Coyote front line.

The Coyotes are back in action on Wednesday when they host Bethel at Mabee Arena. The JV match starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at around 7:00.