KU Bested by West Chester On Senior Day

11/11/2017 | Women’s Volleyball | Box Score
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Kutztown University women’s volleyball team fell to the West Chester University Golden Rams, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 26-24), in its final match of the 2017 season, in which it honored Madisyn Kleinfelter and Carly Shortridge as part of pregame Senior Day festivities.

The match featured even play from both sides throughout, with the first set knotted at 11-all at the midway point. The Maroon and Gold took the first sizeable lead at this juncture, registering five of the next six tallies capped by a Madelyn Edsell kill, forcing a Golden Ram timeout with the score 16-12 in its favor.

The timeout proved fruitful for WCU as it ripped off five consecutive points, gaining a 17-16 advantage. Another Edsell kill thwarted the Golden Ram momentum briefly, tying the score at 17-17, but West Chester used a crucial run, rolling off the next six points to go on top, 23-17.

Both sides traded points to the completion of the opening frame, but this six-point margin proved the difference as the Golden Rams took set one, 25-19.

Kutztown opened the second set, 2-1, with back-to-back kills from Moyer and Howe, but West Chester then found its offensive rhythm. The Golden Rams posted ten of the next fourteen points to take a commanding 11-6 lead.

A Holly Owen kill made the score 17-12 as KU continued to go back-and-forth with WCU, maintaining this five-point deficit. Three straight points from the Golden Rams stretched their lead to eight at 20-12, their largest of the day. A late run of three points which featured kills from Britney Hewitt, Jessica Howe and Moyer brought Kutztown within five again, trailing 23-18.

West Chester scored two of the last three to finish off the second set victory, by a 25-19 final score, taking a 2-0 lead in the match. Despite the second set defeat, the Maroon and Gold offense posted its best frame of the afternoon, racking up 13 kills compared to 11 kills for WCU.

Using its momentum from the previous two set-victories, the Golden Rams pulled ahead 10-7 to open the third frame. A resilient KU bunch quickly racked up three straight tallies to tie the score at 10-10, setting up an exciting finish.

Another punctual WCU timeout, with the Golden Rams down 14-11, allowed them to regroup, scoring five of the next seven points to tie the set at 16-16. Both sides continued to trade points to the 23-all mark, as West Chester would use its second timeout of the frame.

Kutztown had a chance at set point, in front 24-23, but couldn’t post the final point to secure the third set victory. The Golden Rams ran off the final three points, taking the set 26-24, and completing the 3-0 sweep.

Moyer and Howe posted a combined 17 kills in the match, hitting .304 as a duo to lead the Maroon and Gold attack. On the defensive end, Sydney Wilson collected a match-high 22 digs with Moyer and setter Abbey James joining her in posting double-digits in that category.

In their final collegiate matches, Kleinfelter dished out 17 assists and had eight digs while Shortridge appeared in all three sets, racking up three digs.

The 2017 season officially concludes for the Golden Bears, finishing with a 10-21 record and 4-14 mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), its first ten-win season since 2014.

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