Volleyball Wins Again, Improves to 9-1 in KIAC Play
With AsburyEagles.com writer Ashley Walls
WILMORE, Ky. - The Eagles (30-7, 9-1) topped off their last home game of the regular season with their 30th win and 14th win in a row, defeating conference rival Midway College (6-20, 2-9) in three swift sweeps, 25-9, 25-16, 25-15.
Asbury got off to a solid start with a 16-8 lead in the first set, as it was senior Catherine Wolter who catapulted Asbury’s scoring drive as she executed a tenacious spike for Asbury’s 17th point. Asbury’s team and fans roared in excitement, giving Asbury the push it needed to go on a 9-1 run and beat Midway in the first set, 25-9.
Midway College made the game closer in the early going of the second set, but Asbury’s collaborative defensive efforts, powerful spikes, and strong serves from the likes of junior Jessie Bartlow were too much for the Midway Eagles. The Asbury Eagles won the second set, 25-16.
Asbury got off to a bit of a shaky start in the third set when Midway made the score a tie at 3 points, but Asbury quickly responded to score the fourth point and never let the Midway Eagles have the lead again.
With Asbury leading 24-14, coach JP Rader made an unusual substitution—all of Asbury’s seniors entered into the game, and in positions they aren’t accustom to playing. The gesture was one for the Asbury seniors to play on the court all at once in their final home game.
Playing in the left-hitter position, Burke showed off her attacking prowess as she sent a kill to the floor for Asbury’s 25thpoint point—aided by Catherine Wolter’s back-row, service reception—leading to the Eagles’ 3-0 conference win.
In their last home game, the Asbury seniors didn’t disappoint. Kelly Cole led the defense with 16 digs, bringing her season total to 685. Cari McMullen was second in digs with seven, while Burke put up 22 assists for the offense. Catherine Wolter was a powerful asset on the offense with 10 kills, as junior Sarah Sterling led the team with a total of 14 kills.
Asbury will look for their tenth conference win when they travel to Indiana University Kokomo (27-8) on Oct. 31 for a 7 p.m. matchup. A win would solidify the Eagles’ trip to the national tournament as the KIAC receives an automatic bid via both the regular season champions and the tournament champions in volleyball.