William Penn Hangs Tough in MCC Sweep
Oskaloosa–The Statesmen volleyball team refused to make it an easy night for one of the Midwest Collegiate Conference’s best programs, but in the end its inspired effort came up a bit short in a 3-0 loss to Viterbo Wednesday.
William Penn (12-18, 0-2 MCC) lost by scores of 21-25, 19-25, 17-25. Viterbo, which is unofficially 28th in this week’s NAIA poll, only outhit the home squad .137-.045.
The Statesmen scored the match’s first point and held several leads in the first set. The back-and-forth opener witnessed William Penn claiming a 19-18 edge, but the V-Hawks (21-5, 2-0 MCC) closed strong with seven of the final nine points to take the early lead.
The second set was much of the same as the hosts pulled even at 15-15. Down just 17-16, the navy and gold unfortunately failed to keep pace and lost the second set as well.
William Penn owned its largest advantage of the evening in the third and final set by pulling out to a 9-6 margin. Viterbo regrouped with an 11-4 run, however, and cruised to the sweep.
A trio of Statesmen posted seven kills, highlighted by Kristal Campos (Jr., Lancaster, Calif., Sociology), who returned from injury and hit a team-best .211. Campos had been sidelined with injury since September 26.
Jeanette Cunningham (Sr., Mt. Orab, Ohio, Elementary Education) and Alanna Connors (Sr., Libertyville, Ill., Biology) joined their junior teammate with seven winners. Dayna Sammons (Jr., Menomonee Falls, Wis., Software Engineering) recorded 23 assists and tied Danielle Breeher (So., St. Louis, Mo., Undecided) with 13 digs.
Cunningham guided the defense with five block assists.
“I thought we played very well for big parts of tonight’s match,” Head Coach Jennifer Carlson said. “We played with a lot of enthusiasm and gave them more of a fight than I think they were expecting. If we play like we did tonight, we can do very well against most teams.”
Next: William Penn will take the Fall Break weekend off, returning to action next Tuesday by traveling to Des Moines to face #19 Grand View in MCC play at 7:30 p.m.