Stars Defeated by Missouri Valley, Oklahoma WesleyanStephens Volleyball loses last two matches at Eagle Invitational, move to 1-5 on the year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Facing a pair of teams with a combined record of (18-3), the Stephens College volleyball team (1-5) was unable to assemble a win on the final day (Sept. 7) of competition at Avila University’s Eagle Invitational. In Saturday’s first match, the Stars lost in straight sets to Missouri Valley College. In the latter match, Stephens stayed competitive with Oklahoma Wesleyan, eventually falling 3-1 to the Eagles.
The Stars will take a day off before facing Columbia College, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation. The away match will be played at CC’s Southwell Complex at 7 p.m.
Missouri Valley Recap (L – 23-25, 15-25, 16-25) (Box Score)
For the second time in less than a week, Stephens had an opportunity to hand Missouri Valley College its first loss of the season. Despite the same outcome, the Stars improved on their first showdown with the Vikings of Marshall, Mo.
Stephens started off much quicker than last week’s (7-25) performance in the first set, finishing Saturday’s opening frame at 23-25. Missouri Valley College created separation though with a 25-15 routing of the Stars in the set No. 2. The Vikings sealed the victory in the third with a 25-16 win.
Freshmen Alyssa Beavers and Kerri Kircher tied for the team-high in kills (8), while recording two solo blocks each against the Vikings.
Oklahoma Wesleyan Recap (L – 18-25, 19-25, 25-19, 24-26) (Box Score)
Against Oklahoma Wesleyan of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Stars remained close throughout the entire match, winning the third set and taking the fourth beyond the required 25 points.
As a team, Stephens matched up quite well with OKWU. The Eagles finished with a 45-41 advantage in kills, but the Stars registered more aces (7-4) and blocks (12.5-10.0).
Individually, the freshman duo of Beavers and Kircher reached double digit kills with 10 and 14, respectively. Setter Samantha Phegley and libero Tanya Avington both recorded 11 digs in the loss.