Eagles Continue to Win at Home, in KIAC
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury continued their winning ways at home and in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, sweeping Midway 3-0 in the home opener for the Eagles. The volleyball team has now won 11 straight matches in the Luce Center and 13 straight KIAC matches.
The first set was the closest as the Eagles had to fight back from down 22-21 to win the final four points. Asbury (3-3, 1-0 KIAC) had little resistance in the final two sets, winning 25-12 and 25-19. The Eagles didn’t have their best offensive attack working, hitting only .174 as a team, but Midway helped the cause with a -.043 attack.
Senior middle blocker Lindsay Ibold (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the team with 11 kills on 17 attempts. No other Eagle was in double-digits as the team only collected 33 total kills. Midway committed 23 errors. Ibold also added two block assists as the team collected eight in all. Dena Busse also had two block assists and Brittney Rader added three.
The Eagles dug 75 balls on the night, led by libero Kelly Cole’s (Lexington, Ky.) 35. It was a career-high number for the sophomore in her first year wearing the different colored jersey. Setters Mackenzie Burke and Jessie Bartlow tallied 18 and 10 assists respectively.
The Eagles will hit the road again for an extended stretch, first to West Virginia where they will play two tri-matches on Friday and Saturday. Friday they will play Bluefield and West Virginia Tech in Montgomey before heading to Beckley to take on Mountain State and West Virginia Tech again on Saturday. Asbury doesn’t return to the Luce until September 20th.