Stars Pick Up Fifth Win, Lose in Elimination MatchThe Stars defeated Midway College (Ky.) before losing 3-0 to eventual STLCOP Tournament champion Williams Baptist College (Ark.)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Stephens College volleyball team wrapped up the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Tournament with another win-loss combination on Saturday (Oct. 19). The Stars added a W to the win column by defeating Midway (Ky.) in a 9 a.m. elimination match, followed by a loss in straight sets to eventual tournament champion Williams Baptist (Ark.).
Freshman middle hitter Alyssa Beavers was named to the STLCOP All-Tournament Team after a productive weekend in her hometown of St. Louis. Beavers totaled 38 kills, eight blocks (4 solo, 4 assisted), three service aces and had a .342 attack efficiency in four matches over the weekend.
With a pair of victories and losses at the invitational, the Stars improved their record to 5-17. The team will play its sixth match in five days on Monday with an AMC matchup against William Woods (Mo.).
Stephens 3, Midway 1 (Box Score)
Saturday’s first match was highlighted by the Stars’ aggressive serving, which proved to be unstoppable. Against Midway, Stephens smashed its previous season-best in services aces with a total of 15.
Samantha Phegley, Emily Manczuk and Yonne Nasimiyu each recorded two service aces apiece and helped the Stars to a 25-18 win in the first set.
Down in the second set, Stephens narrowed the gap with a nice run of points by Beavers, who recorded three kills and a solo block in six rallies. The Stars knotted the ballgame at 16-16 with a service ace from Madison Reale, but the Eagles distanced themselves and captured a 25-20 set victory.
The Stars rebounded nicely with a strong offensive performance in the third, hitting .382 as a team. Reale and defensive specialist Taylor Edwards led the way with five kills apiece. Nasimiyu and Beavers also added three kills to their respective totals.
Following the 25-16 win in the third set, the Stars kept up the pace en route to a 25-12 decision in the final frame.
Beavers paced the Stars with 13 kills and a .435 hitting percentage and was followed closely behind by Reale with 12 and a .263 attack percentage. Setter Samantha Phegley dished out 40 of the Stars’ assists. Defensively, four players notched double-digit digs, including 21 from libero Tanya Avington.
Williams Baptist 3, Stephens 0 (Box Score)
With less than 30 minutes between matches, the Stars encountered a fresh Williams Baptist squad. The Eagles, who visit Silverthorne Arena on Nov. 9 for an AMC matchup, played an error-free match and had recorded 41 kills with just six attack errors.
In set one, the two teams traded points early, but WBC took advantage of Stephens miscues and built a 19-11 lead. The Stars staged a late comeback and brought the game within four, but lost 20-25.
The second set was eerily similar as Stephens grabbed a one-point lead at the 4-3 and 5-4 marks. But again, Williams Baptist made a run midway through the set to jump ahead by nine points (19-10). Powered by a .667 hitting percentage, the Eagles won Set #2, 25-18.
Unfortunately, the third and final set wasn’t much better for Stephens as WBC scored the first point and prevented the Stars from gaining any traction or lead for that matter. Down by 13, the Stars made another late push, but fell 19-25 to the Eagles.
Taylor Edwards, a 5-foot-6 freshman, rose to the occasion against Williams Baptist with a season-high seven kills, three aces and .545 hitting percentage, while Alyssa Beavers and Madison Reale tied for a team-high eight kills.