Wed, Sep. 4, 2013 - [Volleyball]
In front of a loud, boisterous crowd in Mabee Arena, the Kansas Wesleyan Volleyball team opened both the KCAC and home portion of the 2013 schedule with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-22 sweep of the University of Saint Mary on Wednesday night.
Wesleyan improved its record to 4-5 overall and 1-0 in the KCAC with the win, while Saint Mary fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first set before Saint Mary scored a point on a Coyote error. Wesleyan continued to push its lead out to 14-5 on a kill by Taylor Klover and would eventually push the advantage to double digits for the first time at 18-8 forcing a second Saint Mary timeout of the set.
Back-to-back blocks by Breanee Schultz and Klover pushed Wesleyan's lead to 22-10 and Lauren Chamness would close the set with a kill for the 25-14 win.
The second set started out with Wesleyan taking a 4-0 lead, but Saint Mary got back within two at 7-5. The Coyotes would respond with back-to-back kills by Brittaney Miller and Klover and after a Saint Mary timeout, Chamness would put down another kill to make it 10-5.
A 6-0 run by the Coyotes would push the Wesleyan lead to 16-6 in the set. Wesleyan kept Saint Mary at arm's length to finish the set, getting several players valuable court time in the process. Schultz would put down a kill to end the set and give Wesleyan a 25-17 win.
Saint Mary took an early 7-3 lead in the third set, but the Coyotes would rally to tie the score at 9-all on a kill by Chamness and then use back-to-back blocks to take an 11-9 lead and two more kills from Chamness to push the advantage out to 13-9.
Wesleyan would maintain the lead in the set, but the Spires were able to get within a point at 23-22 before a Chamness kill would set up match point and a block by Melissa Blair and Caitlin Chamness would close out the match with a 25-22 win for the Coyotes.
Schultz led the Coyotes with 17 kills, while Lauren Chamness added 14 as Wesleyan hit .316 as a team in the match with 50 kills. Taylor Elkinton handed out 38 assists in the match, while Miller had 19 digs to lead the Coyotes. Schultz had five blocks while Blair and Klover had four each as the Coyotes totaled nine total team blocks in the match.
The Coyotes are back in action on Friday and Saturday in the Avila (Mo.) University Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Wesleyan takes on Stephens (Mo.) at 11:00 am on Friday and then Peru State at 3:00. On Saturday, the Coyotes play Benedictine at 9:00 am and wrap the tournament against Oklahoma City University at 1:00. Wesleyan steps back into KCAC play next Wednesday at Sterling before hosting the LaQuinta-KWU Invitational on September 13 and 14 in Mabee Arena and Muir Gym on the KWU campus.