Asbury Off to Best Start Since 1986
Wilmore, KY – Asbury had no trouble in sweeping their first home match of the season, defeating Mountain State 3-0 before doing the same against Pikeville. The Eagles 9-1 start is the second best in school history behind 1986’s 10-1 start.
In the first match the Eagles jumped on the Cougars early thanks in large part to the serving of Kelly Cole. Cole, a freshman, tallied eight service aces in the match which is a team high this year. The Eagles didn’t hit as well as they have lately but they didn’t need to as Mountain State had an attack percentage of -.024. The Eagles were still solid on their attack with a .256 percentage.
Five Eagles totaled four kills or more and Allison Rehner led the team for the second straight match with six. Lauren Budde and Catherine Wolter tallied five each as Brittney Rader and Lindsay Ibold added four a piece. Hannah Wheeler led the defense with 14 digs.
In the second match Asbury jumped out to a big lead and never looked back, winning in straight sets 25-9, 25-17, 25-7. Catherine Wolter led the way with 11 kills in 13 attempts. The Eagles had an attack percentage of .457 for the match. Lauren Budde added seven kills and Dena Buse chipped in with six. Mackenzie Burke added 20 assists to the 13 she had in the first match and Emily Andrews followed up her first match 11 with 13 in the second.
The Eagles will hit the road for two matches during the week, first at Kentucky State on Tuesday September 21st before heading to Brescia University on Thursday. Asbury will host their final tri-match of the year next Saturday September 25th against Mid-Continent and Kentucky State. The Eagles will play at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm.