Eagles Survive First Set Misstep Against Berea, Win 3-1
With AsburyEagles.com writer Ashley Walls
WILMORE, Ky. - Asbury responded to Berea College with powerful kills all night, but it was the light tap by Asbury sophomore Rachel Boesing that sealed the Eagles’ victory over their KIAC rival and clinched their tenth win in a row.
Having lost to the Eagles 3-0 a week ago, the Berea College Mountaineers came into the match prepared to fight back. And fight back they did; Berea took the first victory of the night winning the first set 23-25.
But that’s where Berea’s surge of momentum ended. Asbury took charge of the next set, making good passes and setting up great plays. The Eagles won the second set 25-11, and carried their dominance into the final two sets, winning 25-10, and 25-16.
Senior Mackenzie Burke is now three service aces shy of tying the all time record of 206, a record set by former Asburian Tami Ankeny twelve years ago. Burke also had the most assists of the night with 19, while junior Jessie Bartlow had 16. Senior Kelly Cole and junior Maddie Lewis led the team on the defensive end with 24 and 12 digs, respectively, and junior Sarah Sterling and senior Allison Rehner combined for 23 kills.
With this win, Asbury is one game closer to clinching the KIAC champion title. The Eagles will have less than 24 hours recover, playing eighth-ranked and undefeated Lindsey Wilson at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.