NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - The Swedes volleyball team swept the Threshers of Bethel College for the second time this season. This moves Bethany to a season record of 8-16 and 6-9 in KCAC play.
The match started with a pair of errors, one by each team but an ace but Nikita Nelson, senior outside, and then a subsequent kill by Carli Vahsholtz, junior outside, helped to get the Swedes going. While Bethel tried to stay with the Swedes in the first set a six-point run halfway through helped Bethany gain the lead and keep it for the rest of the game.
In set two and three the Swedes had Bethel's number. Any point Bethany gave up through an error or from a Thresher kill they followed with a quick kill or two of their own. The Threshers did not have more than a three-point run once throughout those two sets.
The Threshers had a glimpse of hope at the 13-point mark in the third set when they tied it up but the final nail in coffin came quickly with the Swedes going on a nine-point run on the back of Conner Stolley's, junior libero, serve.
"We started of slow, but I am glad we were able to pull out a win," Head Coach Cheri Lindsay said of today's match.
The Details . . .
Five Swede hitters were major contributors to the team's offensive effort led by their two outsides, Nelson and Vahsholtz who both had numbers in the double-digits. Nelson put the ball down on almost half of her attempts with 12 kills. Vahsholtz had a similar night with 11 kills total. Nicole Morgan, senior right-side, had eight kills to add, she did this on 13 attempts with just one error. Morgan ended the night with a .538 hitting percentage. Caitlin Boden, junior middle blocker, had six kills on 14 attempts. Her opposite Chanelle McCormick, junior middle blocker, had a .364 after five kills off of 11 attempts and just one error.
The setters even got a piece of the attacking action tonight with Opal Drapeau, junior setter, having one kill in the match and Eileen Vlamis, senior setter, posting two.
Stolley was all over the court defensively for the Swedes. She posted a team high of 17 digs throughout the match. This ties her season high of digs in a three-set match. Stolley also had two service aces with no errors and no reception errors to add to her defensive efforts. Stolley's partner in crime, Kacie Larsen, sophomore defensive specialist, also added two aces and no errors tonight in the serving category. Larsen also had six digs and a kill and an assist tonight.
Drapeau aided the defense and had the team's second highest number of digs with eight. She had 17 assists throughout the match. Drapeau's counterpart, Vlamis, led the team with 23 assists. This effort was good enough for her to reach a three-set season high in assists.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes look to roll on with another season sweep hosting York College on Wednesday, October 19. First serve will be at 7 p.m. in The Hahn. The Panthers are coming off a 3-0 loss at the top ranked Braves of Ottawa University. In their first match-up of the season the Swedes took down the Panthers in four sets.
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