Statesmen Finish 2-2 at Viterbo Tournament

La Crosse–The William Penn women’s volleyball team had two more games on Saturday to close out the Viterbo Tournament.

The Statesmen finished off the backend of the tournament with a split, sweeping Michigan-Dearborn 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 before falling in straight sets to Carroll 23-25, 10-25, 20-25. The split pushes their overall season record to 7-2.

WPU 3, UMD 0

William Penn set the tone early, as three of the first five points resulted in kills by Alicia Jaquez (Sr., Farmington, N.M.). The Statesmen carried that early momentum with them, as Morgan Sanders (Fr., Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and Alyvia Johnson (Fr., Owatonna, Minn.) got involved with a few kills of their own. The Wolverines never came back within striking distance as the navy and gold captured the opening set of the day by a score of 25-17.

The Statesmen were met with some adversity early on in the second set, but quickly put it to bed. Three kills from Corrin Lepper (Sr., Jefferson City, Mo.) helped propel the Statesmen to a big lead over the Wolverines in a set they went on to win 25-19.

The third set saw no such adversity, with the Statesmen jumping out to, and holding, an early lead over UMD. A steady dose of kills from the aforementioned group of attackers, as well as a few from Symone Jopp (Jr., Mayer, Minn.) gave the Statesmen an easy victory to complete the sweep at 25-15.

Johnson led the team in kills on a day where they were distributed very evenly. Johnson had 11, while Jaquez finished in double digits as well with 10. Lepper finished with eight while Jopp had six, each of the two only accounting for a single attacking error as well.

Macy Bailey (Jr., Bondurant, Iowa) was the primary setter, assisting in 19 of the 42 Statesmen kills for the afternoon. Annalise Whitcomb (Sr., Humboldt, Kan.) also earned 10 assists.

Johnson tied for the lead in digs with six on the game, with Rebekah Eaves (Sr., Farmington, N.M.) tying that mark as well.

WPU 0, CC 3

The Statesmen, looking to come away from the weekend with a winning record, got off to a less than ideal start to begin their second match of the day as Carroll found itself up 12-5 at the midway point. Lepper and Jopp were able to help edge things closer to 16-13, and William Penn even brought it back to within one point at 24-23. But the Fighting Saints staved off the late comeback attempt, winning the first set 25-23.

The navy and gold never really got their footing in the second set, falling behind quickly 12-5 once again. This time, a comeback never materialized, and Carroll was able to cruise to victory 25-10 to go up 2-0.

Once again in the third set, Carroll jumped out to an early lead, and once again William Penn had to battle back, this time to avoid the sweep. The Statesmen battled back valiantly, bringing it back within one at 17-16. Carroll then went on a run, however, and put the match to rest with a 25-20 victory.

Lepper led in kills on a relatively quiet game for the offensive side of things. She finished with nine, while Johnson killed home eight.

Bailey led the team in assists again with 19, with Destiny Tom (So. Dickinson, Texas) coming in to spell her this time. Tom finished with 10 assists in the contest.

Eaves tied for the lead in digs once again with 11, but this time Cameryn Campbell (Sr., Jefferson City, Mo.) was the one joining her atop the team leaders.

What’s Next: The Statesmen begin their conference slate on Tuesday with a road matchup with the Mount Mercy Mustangs. William Penn was 0-2 in two games against the Mustangs last season.

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