Stephens Drops Pair of Non-Conference Matches to Benedictine, HaskellStars come away empty in their Friday trip to Lawrence, Kan.
LAWRENCE, Kan. Ė The Stephens College volleyball team dropped a pair of non-conference matches to Benedictine (Kan.) and Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.) Friday at Haskellís Coffin Sports Complex.
Playing without their top-two middle hitters, the Stars were unable to find any rhythm offensively. The team was swept in each match and dropped to 3-14 overall on the season.
Stephens will have nearly a week to prepare for its next slated match. The Stars welcome NCAA Division II Fort Hays State University to Silverthorne Arena on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m.
Benedictine 3, Stephens 0 (Box Score)
Although Stephens claimed the first point of the game, Benedictine scored the next four and maintained the lead throughout. Freshman Yonne Nasimiyu led the offense in Set #1 with four kills and zero attack errors. The rest of the Stephens team, however, combined for three kills, which was not enough to combat the Ravensí match-high 14 kills. Benedictine took the first set, 25-14.
Behind a solid team effort, the Stars build an eight-point lead and carried momentum all the way into the 22-14 mark. During the stretch, Madison Reale paced the team with five kills and two service aces. Just as quickly as the Stars created their eight-point margin, they also saw it disappear. The Ravens scored in 13 of the next 16 rallies to win 27-25.
The two teams traded points in the earlygoing of Set 3, but Benedictine broke a 12-12 tie and wore down the shorthanded Stars. The Ravens finished out the match with a 25-16 victory.
Nasimiyu led the team in kills (10) and hitting percentage (.364), while Reale had three of the Starsí service aces for the match. Defensively, all eight of the Stars got in on the action with two or more digs. Setter Samantha Phegley also had a productive outing at the net recording three blocks (2 solo, 1 assisted).
Haskell Indian Nations 3, Stephens 0 (Box Score)
Fatigued from the previous match, the Stephens College volleyball went into survival mode against the Indians. Haskell, who was celebrating Homecoming Weekend, secured the 25-17 victory in front of its loud crowd.
The Stars came out shaky in the Set #2 and lost a rather quick one to the Indians, 12-25. Looking to rebound from a lopsided second frame, Stephens College hung with the home team for all 48 rallies, but was defeated in a close 25-23 decision. It marked the fifth consecutive contest in which the Stars lost in three sets.
Overall, Stephens came up with just 24 kills on 115 attempts, compared to the Indiansí 28. For the match, the Stars combined to hit .009 with 23 attack errors, while Haskell played with less errors (15) and hit .135 on the evening.
Four players (Nasimiyu, Reale, Zmyslony, Edwards) tied for team-high in kills with five apiece, while setter Samantha Phegley dished out 20 assists. For the second time on the day, freshman libero Tanya Avington led the Stars in digs, this time with eight.