Volleyball Downs Kokomo, Qualifies for Nationals
KOKOMO, Ind. - Before today, the Eagles needed just one more conference win to give them the number one spot in the KIAC conference, giving them the automatic bid to nationals. Now, the Eagles can start planning their trip to nationals after winning 3-1 in an exciting and crucial win against conference opponent Indiana University-Kokomo.
The Cougars (28-8) didn’t make it easy for Asbury (31-7, 10-1).
Early in the first set, the Cougars got off to a 6-2 lead and kept going. The Eagles couldn’t catch up to the Cougars, and IU Kokomo eventually won 25-17.
But that’s where the momentum shifted. After losing in the first set, the Eagles stepped back onto the court to jump out to a 7-3 in the second set, only to keep that lead and win convincingly, 25-10.
And Asbury didn’t stop there. They went on to win the third set 25-13, and then swiftly defeated the Cougars in the fourth set to seal their first trip to the National tournament since 2008.
“This team showed great poise after a tough first set,” Coach Radar said. “They have played a great month of October and deserve the bid in the NAIA Tournament.”
The Eagles “Big-3” hitters led the team to the win as they have all season. Catherine Wolter, Sarah Sterling, and Allison Rehner led the Eagles with 15, 13, and seven kills, respectively.
Not only did the hitters put up big numbers in the kills column, but their hitting percentage was one of their best of the year. Wolter hit .522 percent on 23 attacks. She made just one error. Sterling was hitting her spots, too, as she hit .333 on 30 attacks and just one error.
As a team, the Eagles hit .390, the fifth best hitting night they’ve had this season, and the best in a four-set match. Mackenzie Burke and Jessie Bartlow’s 43 assists helped the Eagles hit so well.
Defensively, Kelly Cole and Maddie Lewis put up nearly identical dig numbers as they combined to bring up 31 attacks from the hosts.
Nonetheless, the Eagles got what they needed Thursday night—a complete team effort.
The Eagles have one more game left in regular season play. Asbury will look for its 16th win in a row when they play Brescia University on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., in Owensboro.