Statesmen Fall in Straight Sets to Clarke

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Oskaloosa–Playing just 13 hours after it finished up the night before, the William Penn volleyball team failed to turn a win into a winning streak with a 3-1 setback to Clarke in Heart of America Athletic Conference play Saturday.

WPU (5-11, 1-4 Heart) lost by scores of 20-25, 20-25, 16-25. On Friday night, the navy and gold beat Mount Mercy 3-1.

The hosts, who were outhit .262-.087, gave the Pride (13-3, 4-1 Heart) all they could handle through the morning’s first 36 points. Unfortunately tied at 18-18, CU reeled off four straight and seven of the final nine points to take the early advantage. There were 11 ties in the opener.

William Penn erased Clarke’s 7-3 margin in the second set and eventually knotted it up at 14-14, but again the Pride closed strong for the 2-0 lead.

To make things worse, the Statesmen were saddled with an injury in the final round as Ashley Miller (Jr., Kalona, Iowa, Exercise Science) had to be helped off the court after colliding with Haley Smith (Jr., Adrian, Mich., Elementary Education). Miller did not return and her status is unknown at this point.

The home squad failed to rally in Miller’s absence to conclude the sweep.

Claire Simmons (Sr., Williamsburg, Iowa, Psychology) notched a team-high six kills, while Jordan Carter (Jr., Sigourney, Iowa, Elementary Education) added five winners. Kiara Davis (So., Thibodaux, La., Biology) and Brittany Weikel (Sr., Remsen, Iowa), in just five attempts, produced four hitting points as well.

Smith finished with a double-double of 26 assists and 10 digs, while Carter managed two aces. Miller’s 17 digs were a WPU best and Nesreen Iskandani (So., Lawrence, Kan., History/Government) had a part in two blocks Saturday.

“We were hoping to carry momentum from last night’s win, but made too many errors to stay with Clarke,” Head Coach Jennifer Carlson said. “We started well, but need to maintain that consistency throughout an entire match to defeat a solid team like Clarke.”

Next Up: William Penn travels to Lamoni next Tuesday to face Graceland in Heart action at 7 p.m.

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