Volleyball Wins 6 In Tennessee

9.14.2013 | Knoxville, TN

Lady Knight Volleyball traveled for their second consecutive weekend into Tennessee, this time to play tri-matches at The Crown College on Friday, and then at Johnson University on Saturday. As an odd twist for this trip, the third team in both "tri's" was Walters State Community College.

On Friday evening, KCU took the court first against The Crown College of Powell, TN, an NCCAA-II Mid-East Region opponent. The Lady Knights played well, and defeated The Crown 3-0, with the margin of victory of the 3 sets at 11 points, 10 points, and 10 points. Jenna Kelley led all hitters with 8 kills, followed by Freshman Abbi McIlhany with 7, Magen Daniel with 6, and Kylie Rice with 5. Junior Libero Jessi Hartzler had 21 digs, and setter Lauren Dunn ended the match with 24 assists on 63 sets. They then met with the Lady Senators of Walters State CC, and downed them in straights sets as well, 25-19, 25-18, and 25-21. In this match, Kelley had 12 kills and Rice had 11, while McIlhany put down 8 balls to go with her 17 digs, second only to Hartzler's 19.

After a short bus ride to Knoxville for their overnight accommodations, KCU was up and at it again against Johnson University at 11 AM. The Lady Knights played sluggishly, but muddled through, defeating Johnson 25-16, 25-15, and 25-12. Junior Middle Hitter Jenna Kelley led the attack with 9 kills, followed by other Junior Middle Magen Daniel with 8, and Freshman Outside Hitter Abbi McIlhany close behind with 7. KCU had 11 service aces in the match, and only 2 errors.

In the second match of the day, KCU again met Walters State, and while KCU was able to win the match, Walters State seemed to have a handle on frustrating KCU's attack. The Lady Knights won the match 3-1, with set scores of 25-18, 22-25, 25-20, and 25-15. Daniel led with 14 kills, McIlhany with 12, Kelley with 11; Hartzler and McIlhany combined for 60 digs, while Dunn had 48 assists on 120 attempts.

If you are wondering about the six victories mentioned in the title, when the team arrives on campus, Coach Dixon has 2 to baptize.