Rehner and Sterling Lead Eagles to Victory Over Bethel
Photo Courtesy of Bryan Garrett
WILMORE, Ky. - Allison Rehner and Sarah Sterling each looked like they had something to prove in Thursday night's convincing 3-0 win over the visiting Wildcats from Bethel (Tenn.) University.
"Allison and Sarah have really carried us the first part of this season," head coach JP Rader said after the game. "They have matured a lot as hitters and their accuracy and power have been impressive thus far this season."
The Eagles (2-3) won in straight sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-17) over the visitors behind the strong performance from the attacking duo. Sterling and Rehner sent 11 kills each past the defense, combining for an attacking percentage of .429 percent. Rehner would add five solo blocks-- a game-high-- to her repertoire throughout the game.
On the other side of the net, the Wildcats (0-1) were led on the attack by Silva Anagila, who collected a team high 10 kills on the evening, but an team attack percentage of zero did the Cats in.
The accuracy Rader mentioned isn't an overstatement. Sterling and Rehner are hitting .330 and .223, respectively. Taking into consideration the fact that they rank 1-2 in attacks attempted, their ranks of 2-3 in terms of percentage is quite impressive. Sterling ranks in the top 50 in the NAIA in attack percentage, many of those which sit in front of her have attempted less than half the amount of attacks as the junior outside hitter.
Nonetheless, coach Rader believes that this was good for the team, and the play needs to continue into the rest of the season.
"We needed this tonight. We played well in stretches over the weekend but we needed to put it all together," Rader said of the win, after dropping three straight at the SHC/UMobile Tournament. "Tonight we did enough to keep Bethel under pressure and hopefully this will give us some momentum headed into [the Georgetown tournament] next weekend.
The Rumpke Tournament, at Georgetown, is next on the list for the Eagles. They will play four games in two days starting with a 3 p.m. match against Union College on Friday September 6.
Photos courtesy of Bryan Garrett