Stars Snap Eight-Game Skid with 3-0 Win Over Calvary Bible CollegeStephens hit an impressive .373 throughout the match to earn its first 3-0 victory in 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Box Score) The Stephens College volleyball team (2-8, 0-3 AMC) delivered a straight-set road victory over Calvary Bible College on Thursday (Sept. 19), one that also put an end to its eight-game skid. The Stars overwhelmed Calvary Bible College, defeating the Warriors by a score of 25-10, 25-17, 25-12.
From the start, the Stephens team ran like a well-oiled machine, opening up the match with an 8-1 lead. A combination of stout defense and strong offensive play gave the Stars a clear advantage in the earlygoing. Rose Obunaga’s Stars combined to hit a match-high .412, which included four kills from freshman Kerri Kircher and a perfect 3-for-3 on kill attempts from senior Jenna Zmyslony.
Calvary Bible College came out with energy in the second game to take an early 4-1 advantage. Gradually cutting into the Warriors’ lead, Stephens battled back and took control of the set for good at 7-6. Offensively, the Stars were once again led by Kircher, who added another four kills to her total, followed by sophomore Madison Reale and freshman Alyssa Beavers with three apiece.
In the final set, Stephens capitalized on CBC errors to jump out to a familiar 8-1 start. Pacing the Stars in Set No. 3 was a well-rounded performance from freshman Yonne Nasimiyu, who combined for three kills, three digs, one service ace and an assisted block. The Stars established a lead as big as 15 points in the set and clinched the victory at 25-12.
Junior setter Samantha Phegley registered her third double-double on the season with a team-high 22 assists and 10 digs. As a team, Stephens College hit an impressive .373 with just seven attack errors on the day.
The Stars will look to build momentum with their upcoming match against Central Methodist on Tuesday (Sept. 24). In 2012, Stephens played the Eagles on three separate occasions and upset the Fayette, Mo., squad in the third and final meeting.
Following the Stars’ match with Central Methodist, the team will enjoy a four-game homestand playing at the familiar confines of Silverthorne Arena for the first time this season.