Nikita Nelson had a game high 18 kills for the Swedes. Photo by Mari Cerenio-Jordan
The Swedes hosted the York College Panthers (2-13, 3-24 KCAC) tonight in Hahn Gymnasium. After five sets Bethany takes the match 3-2, extending their record 8-16 overall and 6-9 in the KCAC.
Bethany comes out with fire as they get off to a powerful start the score becomes 7-2 before you can blink. Quickly York responds scraping back three to four consecutive points at a time and the set ties at nine. The match goes back and forth until the Swedes pull away 23-20 it looks like this set is going to Bethany until three attacking errors by the Swedes evens the score at 23. A kill by York's Cassidy Wilson followed by a Panthers ace will end the set, York wins 25-23 in 48 rallies.
The Panthers will find the score board first in the second set with a kill by Halie Ewing. The Swedes rally back and forth with York as the score stays close. Four consecutive Panther attacking errors will put the Swedes in the first real lead of the game as the score sits 9-5. The Swedes attack begins to weigh heavy on the Panthers as the Swedes pull away 17-9. An absolutely crushing kill by Yamiq Myles (SO/Los Angeles, Calif.) will take the set for the Swedes 25-19 in 44 rallies.
In the third set the Swedes struggle to find the rhythm they had in set 2. There was only one exchange of lead for each team in this set, while York pulled ahead 15-8 they held a seven-point lead that the Swedes were determined to close. The Swedes fought back to 22 before two Panther kills will end the set and York wins 25-22 in 47 rallies.
The fourth set starts with the same fire the Swedes held in the first set, and they put themselves up 5-0 with a heavy attack. York is able to find the board before Bethany continues to keep the attack heavy, taking a seven-point lead over York as the set hits 11-4. A couple attack errors by the Swedes will close the gap as York begins to find their rhythm. A huge kill by Carli Vasholtz strikes a Swede rally and the Swedes battle to stay on top. The set ends with an Attack error on the Panthers and Bethany takes the set 25-23 and forces a set five to be played.
The pressure is high in the fifth set, but Bethany is able to fine the board first with a kill from Yamiq Myles. The Swedes don't stop there as they are able to extend their lead 5-1. A huge kill from Channelle McCormick will take the Swedes lead to 5. York is struggled trying to put all the pieces together and Bethany shows no mercy as they extend their lead by 7, as the score hits 14-7. York puts on a final rally closing the gap 14-10 but lose their streak on an attacking error and Bethany takes the last set which ends the match with a Swede win 3-2 over the Panthers.
By The Numbers. . .
- Bethany out attacked the Panthers 64 kills to 54.
- Three Swedes had kill numbers above ten 18 Nikita Nelson (SR/Moab, Utah), 12 Yamiq Myles, 11 Nicole Morgan (SR/Salina, Kan.).
- Conner Stolley (JR/Denver, Colo.) had a game high 27 digs followed by York's Kylie Wroot with 21.
- Jolene Herzog had a game high 42 assists for the Panthers while Bethany's Eileen Vlamis (SR/Wichita, Kan.) had 24.
Up Next. . .
The Swedes are home again October 21st to face off the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles at 7PM in Hanh Gymnasium.