Volleyball Picks Up Two Wins Against CCU and IU-Kokomo
(Photo Courtesy of Bryan Garrett)
WILMORE, Ky. - When it comes to the Asbury Eagles' volleyball team this season, losing the first set is not a good sign.
In every single match--prior to Saturday's contests-- the Eagles had lost after losing the first set. In all but one of those matches (Aug. 23 vs. UMobile) the Eagles were swept in straight sets.
In Saturday's matchup against IU-Kokomo--a first-year program boasting a 16-3 record heading into the weekend--the Eagles dropped the first set 25-22 and looked poised to go down 2-0 when they looked up at the scoreboard that showed a 15-10 deficit midway through the second.
But the Eagles showed something they hadn't all season: a resiliancy to battle back.
After turning the tables in the second set to capture a 25-20 win, the Eagles' hitters and blockers started firing on all cyclinders. In the second set, the Eagles hit .343 and collected three kills each from Sarah Sterling, Allison Rehner, and Catherine Wolter.
From there, they didn't seem to let up.
In set three, the Eagles jumped out to leads of 15-7 and 20-9 on superb serving from Maddie Lewis and Kelly Cole. The Eagles actually started the game 1-0 and never relinquished it, pulling away by as much as 12 before arriving at the 25-13 final score.
The fourth set provided much of the same. A flustered IUK group across the court hit just .129 in the final set while the Eagles kept their "foot on the pedal." A lead as big as eight was too much for the visitors, as the Eagles closed it out in four sets, 25-18.
In the earlier match, the Eagles won 3-0 for the ninth time this season over CCU. Mackenzie Burke continued to close in on the all-time service aces record with six in match. She added one against IUK which puts her in need of just 12 more to tie the record of 210 set by Tami Ankeny '01.
Other notable performances of the day included Kelly Cole's 29 digs and Rehner's 14 kills against IUK.
The Eagles will look to continue their four game win streak on Tuesday night (9/24) as they host Brescia University. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.