Road-Weary Stars Come Up Short at Freed-HardemanStephens overpowered in 3-1 loss, drop eighth straight match
HENDERSON, Tenn. – (Box Score) The young, but talented Stephens College volleyball couldn’t shake its current losing streak, losing on the road to new American Midwest Conference (AMC) member Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.). The Lions outdueled the Stars in four sets, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-15.
“The players worked hard,” said head coach Rose Obunaga of the Stars’ match at Freed-Hardeman. “Just tough luck for us.”
The tough luck was evident as Stephens fired off a hitting percentage of .321 in the opening set with 14 kills. Unfortunately, the home squad trumped the Stars’ impressive first-set showing with a .478 hitting percentage and just one attack error.
Stephens carried over the strong offensive performance into the second set and tied the match with a 25-23 victory. The Lions took control of the match in set three behind 15 team kills and a 25-17 routing of the Stars.
Another hitting percentage above .400 for Freed-Hardeman sealed the deal and sent the Stars home with their eight straight loss. Following a win in the season opener, Stephens has dropped eight consecutive matches including their first three in AMC play. In the eight previous matches, only two have been straight-set losses, while the other six have been 3-1 decisions.
Freshman Kerri Kircher paced the Stars with a team-high 16 kills, while fellow freshman Alyssa Beavers continue her consistent play with 11 kills and a .556 attack percentage.
Another notable performance came from setter Samantha Phegley, who matched a season-high with 36 assists.
The Stars have two more matches on the road, including Calvary Bible College (Sept. 19) and Central Methodist University (Sept. 24), before their home debut at Silverthorne Arena.