Volleyball Wins at Home
The volleyball Lady Knights continued their winning ways against Midway College on Saturday. Midway came into the match 4-6 on the season, having been beaten by NCCAA-II Mid-East foe Ohio Christian in straight sets just a few matches ago. KCU did not seem to care whom they were up against in the first two sets, easily handing Midway defeats at 13 and 14 points respectively. But then an air of self-satisfaction set in, and KCU found themselves trailing and losing in both sets 3 and 4, scoring 23 points in the third, and 21 points in the fourth. The deciding set saw KCU bounce back into "aggressive" mode, and beat the Eagles 15-11.
Junior Middle Hitter Magen Daniel led KCU with 17 kills on 36 swings and 6 blocks, followed by Sophomore Outside Hitter Kylie Rice with 11 kills on 22 swings, with only 2 hitting errors. Freshman OH Abbi McIlhany, Junior MH Jenna Kelley, and Sophomore Opposite Ashley McQueary had 9, 8, and 7 kills respectively. Junior Setter Lauren Dunn had 47 assists on 104 sets, as well as 4 kills and 1 Ace. Junior Libero Jessi Hartzler had 33 receptions, while Junior Stephanie Poelker added 20, and McIlhany had 14. Ripon, CA Freshman Kenzie Rigney led the defensive charge with 17 digs, as well as 1 Ace. The Lady Knights had 56 kills and only 12 attacking errors.
Head Coach Bruce Dixon termed it "a weak win". "We had a good practice Thursday, and a great practice Friday, and we wanted to carry that quality through the match. We played strongly in the opening sets, but we became complacent, and we didn't play with any heart again until the deciding set".
On Tuesday the 24th, varsity volleyball will host Ohio Christian University at 7 PM, right after JV volleyball hosts University of Pikeville at 5.