Stephens Drops Pair of Matches to KCAC OpponentsVolleyball Stars showing promise in early-season matches against tough opposition
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Stars (1-3) had a chance early in Friday’s matches with (RV) Kansas Wesleyan University and McPherson College to swing the momentum in their favor, but couldn’t gain the upper hand against the two Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents.
“I knew we would be facing tough opponents this weekend. With that being said, I thought we played well even though we lost.” Stephens head volleyball coach Rose Obunaga said. “Several coaches have been giving me thumbs up [pertaining to the Stars’ potential and skill level]. There is a lot of talent for Stephens this year.”
Stephens will wrap up Avila University’s Eagle Invitational with a Missouri Valley College rematch and an 11 a.m. meeting with Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
(RV) Kansas Wesleyan Recap (Lost - 6-25, 34-32, 15-25, 10-25)
In the 11 a.m. match with KWU, Stephens fell to the Coyotes in four. Shaking off the rust from the first set, the Stars outlasted Kansas Wesleyan in a marathon frame, to take the only set from a team receiving votes in the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll.
The Coyotes won sets 3 and 4 with ease to bring their record to an even 5-5 with the win. Individually, junior setter Samantha Phegley had a solid outing against KWU with a .176 attack percentage, to go along with 15 assists and seven kills. Freshman Alyssa Beavers also added five kills, two aces and four blocks.
McPherson Recap (Lost – 25-17, 15-25, 14-25, 20-25)
The Stars returned to the court at 5 p.m. for a meeting with the McPherson College. Stephens came out swinging and took the first set from the Lady Bulldogs, 25-17, but it was all McPherson from there on out.
Stephens was held under 15 points per set until the final frame of the evening as the Stars narrowed the gap to 20-24.
Paving the way for the Stars offensively was Beavers, who hit double-digit kills (12) for the second time this season. The St. Louis, Mo. middle hitter tacked on another five blocks and two aces to the stat sheet. Phegley bettered her first match performance, recording a .500 hitting percentage, 18 assists, five kills, five digs and four blocks.