Volleyball Wins KIAC Championship over IU-Southeast
MIDWAY, Ky. - It sure felt like a home game for the Eagles as they took the court Saturday afternoon with the KIAC Tournament Championship on the line. As the purple-clad fans in attendance started their "A-U" chants and matched the intensity of the players on the court, the gym on the campus of Midway felt a little like home.
And it showed.
The Eagles were firing on all cylinders from the outset. Senior Catherine Wolter led the Eagles out of the gate, collecting three quick kills in an 8-3 lead to start the match. Sarah Sterling and Alyssa Downs-- who saw a little more action than she's accustomed to-- chipped in with some hard hitting to set the tone.
The Grenadiers would respond after a timeout, trading points with the Eagles all the way to a 17-13 score. But the Eagles would hit their stride again and force another timeout from across the court, exclamated by a Mackenzie Burke service ace. Allison Rehner would seal the deal for the Eagles in the first as she provided two of her six first set kills in the final moments to take the 25-19 win.
The Grenadiers responded well to start the second but Sterling would find a groove again and pull the Eagles even at seven apiece with two kills. From there Sterling, Rehner, and Wolter seemingly couldn't miss as their team built a 14-8 lead that would help the Eagles cruise to a 25-17 win in set two.
In the third set the storyline would revolve more around the blocking abilities of Cat Starr, Morgan Newton, and Wolter. With the Eagles sitting comfortably in the lead at 17-9 the trio would start their own "block party". Starr would make it 18-9 with a solo block and then would team up with Wolter and Newton on the next two rallies for two more Eagle points. A fourth block minutes later would make it 22-12 and from there the Eagles would clinch the win.
All six players on the court, the bench, and the nearly 100 AU fans in attendance erupted when IUS' final attack attempt caught the net and fell to the floor.
The Eagles were now KIAC Tournament Champs.
For Asbury, it was their 19th win in a row and their 29th in their last 30 games. The win puts the exclamation point on a season that already qualified them for the NAIA tournament.
The Eagles will await their NAIA tournament fate for the release of the NAIA National Tournament Bracket set to be released on Monday (Nov. 18).
Until then the Eagles can celebrate another victory.
Saturday - Semifinals
After dropping the first set 26-24 to the Point Park Pioneers the Eagles took care of business. They went on to win three straight set for a trip to the KIAC Championship game.
Sarah Sterling and Catherine Wolter put up matching 13 spots in the kill column.
They will advance to face the KIAC Championship game against the IU-Southeast Grenadiers. Gametime is slated for 2 p.m.
Friday - Quarterfinals
Asbury rode the momentum gained in a 15-2 run in the second set to cruise past the Celtics from Carlow University in the KIAC Tournament Semifinals on Friday night. They advance to the KIAC Semis to play the winner of the IU-Kokomo-Point Park University game.
The Eagles swept the Celtics 25-14, 25-12, 25-10.
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