Tue, Oct. 2, 2012 - [Volleyball]
The Kansas Wesleyan volleyball team posted its sixth consecutive win with a three set victory over the McPherson College Bulldogs – 25-16, 25-8, 25-16 – on Tuesday night at Mabee Arena in Salina. The win vaults Wesleyan's record to 15-10 overall and 7-1 in the KCAC heading into Thursday's match at conference-leading Ottawa.
Wesleyan started the first set taking a 3-0 lead, but McPherson came back and took a 4-3 lead on a kill by Courtlyne Huppe and extended its lead to 6-4 on a kill from Phoebe Barton. Unphased, back came the Coyotes, taking a 7-6 lead on back-to-back aces from Brittaney Miller. The Coyotes led by as many as four points at 13-9 on a block by Lauren Chamness and Kelsey Boyles before McPherson got a point back to make it 13-10.
That was when the Coyotes exploded offensively. Fueled by a kill by Chamness, Wesleyan rattled off ten of the next 16 points to take a 23-16 lead on another Chamness kill and then took the opening set on a hitting error by McPherson's Aubrey Hoover.
Led by the strong serving of Kelsey Boyles, Wesleyan scored the first nine points of the second set before McPherson's Tori Phelan finally got the Bulldogs on the board with a kill to make it 9-1. Back came the Coyotes, using a McPherson service error to spark another 6-0 run to lead 15-1. Phelan got another kill to make it 15-2, but the Coyotes didn't slow down, taking the serve back on Taylor Klover kill.
The Coyotes led 21-3 in the set before McPherson would get back within a 24-8 score before Marlene Yang got a ball to drop for a kill to end the second set with Wesleyan winning 25-8.
McPherson wasn't quite ready to throw in the towel yet, point out to an 8-4 lead on a kill by Sophie Simon. Wesleyan had an answer, scoring the next six points behind the serve of Sydnie Abel to take a 10-8 lead. Wesleyan pushed its lead out to 13-10 on a block by Klover and Melissa Blair, but the Bulldogs scored the next point before the Coyotes would get things rolling again. Back-to-back kills from Klover and Miller helped the Coyotes push their lead out to 16-11, and eventually out to a 21-14 lead on a kill by Boyles.
Miller would end the match with a kill to give the Coyotes a 25-16 win in the final set and take the match in straight sets for the fifth time in Wesleyan's current winning streak.
Miller was the lone Coyote in double figures in kills with 11, but it was another stellar hitting night for Wesleyan as the Coyotes hit .281 in the match. Klover added eight kills on 17 attempts for a .471 hitting percentage. Boyles also had eight kills, Chamness had seven and Schultz added six. Taylor Elkinton had 20 assists and Abel added 16. Miller also served three against and had six digs in the match. Three Coyotes reached double figures in digs as Pauline Yang had 19, while Marlene Yang and Boyles had 12 each.
The Coyotes will conclude the first half of the KCAC round robin schedule on Thursday at Ottawa before hosting Friends on Monday night in a pivotal match in the KCAC standings at 7 p.m., in Mabee Arena.