Total Team Efforts Lead Volleyball Past Cheyney, Salem

11/10/2017 | Women’s Volleyball | Box Score 1 | Box Score 2
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Kutztown women’s volleyball team reached the ten-win mark for the first time since the 2014 season, posting victories over the Cheyney University Wolves (25-16,25-11,25-8) and the Salem University Tigers (25-17,23-25,25-11,25-15) as part of a home triangular on Friday.

KU opened the match firing on all cylinders, racing out to a 10-5 advantage in the opening set, capped by a kill from Holly Owen. With Madisyn Kleinfelter at the service line, the Golden Bears rolled off five straight tallies to go ahead 15-10, forcing a timeout from the Wolves.

The break in action did little to change the outcome of set number one, as the Maroon and Gold maintained its lead to the finish line. A service ace from Sydney Wilson put the bow on the opening frame, with Kutztown winning by a final of 25-16.

Using its momentum from a first set victory, KU racked up seven kills in the first nine points, jumping in

front, 8-1, early on. Wilson added three more service aces mid-set to put the Golden Bears on top, 12-3.

Ahead by a comfortable margin, Kutztown cruised to a second set victory, capping the 25-11 win with a service ace from Alli Henderson. Jessica Howe hit a perfect 1.000 in the frame, going five-for-five to lead the KU frontline.

The third and final set featured another fast start for the Golden Bears as a kill from Brittney Moyer staked Kutztown to an 8-2 lead. Abbey James then stepped to the serving stripe and ran off five consecutive points, the last of which was a kill from Cara Long, to put KU ahead comfortably, 13-2.

With this eleven-point margin in hand, the Maroon and Gold dispatched Cheyney in the final frame finishing it off with a Madelyn Edsell kill to the tune of 25-8, taking the match in straight sets.

Moyer and Niki Carpenter both recorded double-digit kills in the contest, posting an even ten respectively in three sets of action. Howe nearly completed a perfect day on the attacking end, finishing with an .875 attack percentage, hammering seven kills on eight attempts. As a team, Kutztown finished with 43 kills, hitting at a .348 clip and adding ten service aces.

On the defensive end, ten different Golden Bears racked up at least one dig with Kleinfelter leading the way with seven in the match. In total, 18 different Kutztown players appeared in the match, as head coach John Gump was able to empty the bench in this one-sided affair.

KU’s offense sustained its success into the match against the Tigers, racking up a run of seven kills to take a 10-4 advantage. A Wilson service ace, her second of the first set, ballooned the Kutztown lead to ten points, ahead 20-10.

Up 21-12, Howe, Moyer, Edsell and Owen delivered with kills as the Maroon and Gold finished off Salem in the opening frame by 25-17 final.

The Tigers clawed their way back in the second stanza, finding their offensive rhythm to begin the frame, opening with an 8-4 run. KU got this margin down to two throughout the early parts of the second set and a kill from Niki Carpenter brought the score to 15-13 in favor of SU.

Eight unanswered tallies from Salem stunned the Golden Bear comeback momentarily, as the Tigers pulled ahead, 21-13. Kutztown would respond, however, using a 8-1 run of its own capped by a Taylor Brown kill to get within one at 22-21.

KU sided out at both 23-21 and 24-22, but came up just short in the second set, falling to SU, 25-23, evening the match a one-a-side.

Showing no ill effects of the set two defeat, the Maroon and Gold went on a tear to open the third, scoring the first six and ten of the first twelve tallies to go ahead, 10-2, on a Moyer kill. In its second of three frames on the day with a plus-.360 attack percentage, Kutztown posted an efficient 12 kills and .375 attack percentage on its way to a convincing 25-11 win in the third set.

Both teams showed a lot of fight to begin the fourth set, trading points to the 9-9 mark. After a kill from Howe, Henderson checked into the match and sparked the Maroon and Gold from the service line as KU would quickly run off five straight points. Ahead 17-11, two consecutive kills from Moyer followed by an Edsell kill prompted a Tiger TO.

After the break in action, a service ace from James and two kills a-piece from Moyer and Edsell finished off Salem in set four, 25-15, and in the match, 3-1.

The trio of Owen, Howe and Moyer combined for 39 kills in four sets with each recording an attack percentage of .333 or more. Kleinfelter and James posted an identical 20 assists while Wilson collected nine. Wilson, along with James and Henderson, had double-digit digs in the match, as the backline was tested often with returns by a defensively-sound Tiger team.

The Maroon and Gold will conclude the 2017 campaign tomorrow, taking on the West Chester University Rams at 1 p.m., a match which will include Senior Day festivities honoring seniors Kleinfelter and Carly Shortridge.

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