WPU Sweeps Saint Mary (Neb.) 3-0
Oskaloosa–The Statesmen volleyball team led almost the entire night en route to a 3-0 sweep of Saint Mary (Neb.) in non-conference play Tuesday.
William Penn (12-15) won by scores of 25-20, 25-18, 25-20. The home team held a commanding .175-.019 edge in hitting.
While the offense held its own, the navy and gold defense was the real story, limiting the Flames (13-9) to negative hitting numbers in the first and second sets. William Penn concluded the evening with one solo block and 16 block assists.
The programs were tied at 3-3 in the first set, but WPU pulled away with six straight points. CSM rallied to cut the deficit to one at 15-14 and then trailed by just two at 20-18. Fortunately, the hosts reeled off four in a row and five of the final seven points to claim the first set.
The Flames gained their first lead of the night with the first point of the second set, but the Statesmen went on another big run, this time scoring seven of the next eight points. A few smaller runs put the set out of reach as WPU went up 2-0.
Set #3 was written in the same vein. The visitors scored the first two points, but a 9-1 run put William Penn ahead for good.
Jeanette Cunningham (Sr., Mt. Orab, Ohio, Elementary Education) was the only player in double figures with ten kills, while Alanna Connors (Sr., Libertyville, Ill., Biology) tallied nine and Kylie Giger (So., Elkhart, Ind., Exercise Science) added eight. Giger also paced the hosts with 11 digs and six blocks (all assists).
Shawni Wills (Fr., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Biology) and Ana Gutch (Jr., Eddyville, Iowa, Secondary Education) posted six winners as well. Gutch matched Giger at the defensive net with one solo block and five block assists.
Starting setter Dayna Sammons (Jr., Menomonee Falls, Wis., Software Engineering) assisted 18 times and Leyra Jusino (So., Bayamon, P.R., General Biology) managed 16 assists off the bench.
Sarah Stepp (So., Oakville, Mo., Undecided) served up four of WPU’s seven aces.
“We played very well tonight and just keep getting better every time out,” Head Coach Jennifer Carlson said. “We are excited to start conference play this week and hopefully we will be back to a full roster by then.”
Next: William Penn travels to Davenport Thursday to face St. Ambrose in its Midwest Collegiate Conference opener at 7:30 p.m.