Burke Eclipses Program Service Aces Record as Eagles Cruise
WILMORE, Ky. - Asbury easily swept Martin Methodist University (2-15) for their second meeting in history, winning each set 25-18, 25-10, 25-18.
The Eagles gained early leads in each of the first two sets, carrying those leads until their final 3-0 victory.
The Redhawks made it interesting in the third set when they rallied for a 6-0 run, narrowing Asbury’s lead from 19-6 to19-12. It was senior Allison Rehner who ended Asbury’s temporary scoring drought, spiking the ball into open space and giving the Eagles their momentum to charge to a 25-18 win. Rehner led the Eagles with 13 kills.
Senior Kelly Cole didn’t let much get past her on the defensive side of things. The 5’5 senior—and program digs leader— was a defensive wall, ending the match with a game-high 20 digs. Senior Mackenzie Burke and Jessie Bartlow each had 19 assists.
After adding two service aces in her first serve rotation of the night, senior Mackenzie Burke now holds the Asbury record of all-time service aces with 212.
“We hit a very high percentage for the match and was therefore able to control the tempo,” said coach JP Rader. “This will build momentum for the conference matches ahead.”
The Eagles (19-7) now sit in the number three spot in the KIAC standings with a 6-1 conference record. The Eagles will have three more conference games this season, but won’t play another KIAC standings game until they travel to Carlow University on Oct. 18. In the meantime, the Eagles be on the road tomorrow for a 7 p.m. matchup against Midway College.