Statesmen Suffer First Loss

La Crosse–The William Penn women’s volleyball team headed to Wisconsin on Thursday to kick off the first of four games at the Viterbo Tournament. The first game came against the tournament hosts, the #9 Viterbo V-Hawks.

Coming up against their stiffest competition of the year, the Statesmen suffered their first loss, dropping their record to 5-1 as the V-Hawks won in straight sets of 25-15, 25-15, 25-14.

The hosts got off to a hot start, capturing 10 of the first 11 points from William Penn and forcing an early timeout. The Statesmen never really got their feet off the ground, trading points back and forth through the rest of the set as Viterbo took a 25-15 victory. Alyvia Johnson (Fr., Owatonna, Minn.) paced the offensive effort in the first set with four kills.

The second set remained close early on, as the navy and gold played to a 6-6 tie and stayed in the game trailing only 10-14 at the midway mark. The V-Hawks dialed it back up though, taking six of the next eight en route to a second consecutive 25-15 win.

The Statesmen, looking to stave off the sweep, got the third set started hot with kills from Alicia Jaquez (Sr., Farmington, N.M.) and Corrin Lepper (Sr., Jefferson City, Mo.). Unfortunately, Viterbo went on another big run, jumping out to a commanding 12-3 lead before ultimately finishing with a 25-14 win to close out the match.

Johnson led the team in kills with seven on the evening, while Lepper and Jaquez each had five.

Macy Bailey (Jr., Bondurant, Iowa) ran as the primary setter, finishing with 12 assists on the night. Annalise Whitcomb (Sr., Humboldt, Kan.) and Destiny Tom (So., Dickinson, Texas) also mixed in, totaling seven and five assists, respectively.

Cameryn Campbell (Sr., Jefferson City, Mo.) was the only Statesmen to finish in double digits for digs, leading William Penn with 13. Rebekah Eaves (Sr., Farmington, N.M.) trailed behind in second with five.

“Tonight was great experience for us,” said Head Coach Aleesha Cleaver. “In order for us to get better and elevate our play, we need to be facing top level talent. Viterbo is a top 10 team and we need to face this level of play if this is the level we want to be at and compete at.”

“We learned a lot and we look forward to facing more top 25 opponents this weekend,” she added.

What’s Next: The Statesmen continue their tough tournament weekend tomorrow with a matchup against the #25 Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears.

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