Volleyball Claims Two More Victims, Sweeps Transy Tri-Match
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Asbury volleyball continued to roll, winning their seventh straight after defeating a pair of NCAA Division III schools, Rose-Hulman Tech 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) and Transylvania University 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 25-13). The Eagles have won 16 straight away from home and 19 of their last 20 overall.
The two victories give Asbury (20-4) their fourth straight season with 20 or more wins and the ninth overall. Allison Rehner led the team with 10 kills against Rose-Hulman and added 11 more against Transylvania. She has now recorded 10 or more kills in 10 matches this season. Asbury racked up a season-high 18.5 blocks against Rose-Hulman as Lindsay Ibold collected eight and Dena Busse added seven.
Against Transy the Eagles used their attack to defeat the Pioneers, racking up 56 kills as three different players reached double-digits. The 56 kills are the most in a four-set match this year for the Eagles and third most in any match. Freshman Sarah Sterling led the team with a career-high 15 kills against Transy. Ibold also added 11 as did Rehner. Sterling also recorded her first and the team’s first double-double with 15 digs in the match.
Mackenzie Burke added 46 assists in the two matches including 27 against Transy, her most since getting 28 against Ohio St.-Marion on September 17th. Jessie Bartlow also had 28 assists in the two matches. Kelly Cole had 32 digs and ranks near the top-10 in the NAIA in total digs. Lindsay Ibold also ranks in the top-five in the NAIA in attack percentage as the Eagles are in the top-15 in that category as a team.
Asbury will play Berea at Berea in a conference match on Monday at 7 p.m. in a make-up of a previous postponed match. The Eagles will also play Midway in a road conference match on Thursday before returning home on Friday to host Cumberlands (Ky.).