No. 22 Columbia College Overpowers Stephens in 3-0 SweepThe Cougars invaded Silverthorne Arena with a convincing 25-8, 25-11, 25-15 victory over the Stars
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) Plagued by errors and the inability to jumpstart the offense, the Stephens College volleyball team was swept at home by No. 22 Columbia College on Wednesday. With the loss, Stephens falls to 3-10 overall, while the Cougars improved to 13-4.
In the season’s first meeting between the crosstown opponents, the Stars scored their first-ever set victory over Columbia College. Despite a 3-1 loss to then-No. 2 Columbia, Stephens stayed competitive throughout the match and gave the Cougars a scare.
This time around, Columbia College had the hot start. The Cougars put together a 10-2 run to begin the match, however the Stars’ errors made up six of those points. Columbia middle hitter Sarah Schwentker had a phenomenal performance in the first set, posting eight of her match-high 14 kills. Stephens was unable to get anything going, suffering a 25-8 defeat in the first frame.
In the second set, the Stars remained in striking distance down by just four at the 10-6 mark, but Columbia seized complete control of the game at that point. The Cougars scored 14 of the next 15 points and eventually won the set, 25-11.
Another fast start for the Cougars ultimately doomed Stephens in the third and final set. The NAIA’s 22nd-ranked team built their lead early and finished out the set 25-15.
Stephens College combined for a -.061 attack percentage compared to Columbia College’s impressive .466 for the match. Freshman Alyssa Beavers and junior Samantha Phegley were the only Stars to hit above .000 on the night as each recorded three kills. Beavers also had one of two service aces for the Stars. Defensively, libero Tanya Avington led the team with six digs.
Another home match awaits Stephens College on Friday (Oct. 4) as the Stars host Peru State College (Neb.) at 7 p.m. The visiting Bobcats enter Friday’s contest with a 12-9 record.