Rehner Sparks Eagles to Big Win on the Road
With AsburyEagles.com writer Ashley Walls
RICHMOND, Ind. - Asbury (28-7) got a crucial 3-1 win Wednesday night against the number one team in the KIAC, defeating Indiana University-East (23-11). The win pushes the Eagles to an 8-1 record in conference play as the Eagles grab their twelfth win in a row.
The Eagles held onto the lead for most of the first set, but the Red Wolves kept the deficit to just a few points. A kill by junior Sarah Sterling—one of her 11 on the night— scored Asbury’s 25th point giving the Eagles the edge in a 25-23 first set win.
The Eagles’ momentum carried over into set two. Asbury jumped out to a 9-1 lead and wouldn’t look back. The Red Wolves rallied with short runs of their own, but the Eagles never let the gap get close as they eventually won the set 25-14.
Though Asbury led 7-1 in the beginning of the third set, the Red Wolves turned on their attack game, catching up to the Eagles and tying the match at 11. From there, the Red Wolves and Eagles battled for points before the Red Wolves gained the edge, going on a 5-2 and eventually making the score 24-19. With an Asbury attacking error for match point, IUE earned a set three win, conjuring up thoughts of comeback for the hosts.
Asbury dominated the court in the fourth set, jumping out to a seemingly crippling 24-14 lead. The Red Wolves wouldn’t go down without a fight as they scored six points in a row to pull the set to within reach with the serve still in their side of the court.
But Asbury senior Allison Rehner stepped up as she had all night collecting her game-high 19th kill and putting an end to the Red Wolves’ comeback attempt. Rehner’s 19 kills are a season-high for any of the Eagles.
Rehner’s performance was only one of the Eagles’ top performances from the upperclassmen. Fellow senior Kelly Cole led the defense with a team-high 26 digs in the defensive court for the Eagles. Senior Catherine Wolter and junior Sarah Sterling each put down 11 kills benefitting from setters Mackenzie Burke and Jessie Bartlow who led the team in assists with 26 and 19, respectively.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 8-1 in conference play. The Eagles will have six days to prepare for their next conference matchup on Oct. 29. Until then, Asbury will play for their 29th win on the season here at home as they face Kentucky State University on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
The Eagles will celebrate their five seniors—Kelly Cole, Allison Rehner, Cari McMullen, MacKenzie Burke, and Catherine Wolter—prior to Friday’s homecoming weekend game.