William Woods Hands Stephens Volleyball 3-0 DefeatStars struggle to hold off the Owl attack in second and third sets, fall 21-25, 14-25, 15-25
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) The Stephens College volleyball team (5-18, 0-5 AMC) was swept by the William Woods Owls (13-18, 7-0 AMC) on Monday night at Silverthorne Arena. The loss leaves the Stars in search of their first league win, while the Owls remain perfect in AMC action at 7-0.
Stephens hit .183 for the match, while William Woods’ .433 hitting percentage was one of the highest for a Star opponent this season. The Owls also out-blocked Stephens 8-1 and out-dug the Stars 51-41.
Freshman outside hitter Yonne Nasimiyu came alive in the first set for the Stars, tallying eight kills on 14 swings. The Stars and Owls opened the match battling point-for point, tying the frame six times by the 11-11 mark. William Woods maintained a narrow advantage the rest of the way and escaped with a 25-21 victory.
From there on out, the visiting Owls, who had three players with double-figure kills, never trailed. In set two, William Woods was firing on all cylinders, posting 18 kills and a team attack percentage of .500, while holding the Stars to a .097 clip and a match-low seven kills. The Stephens volleyball squad yielded a stretch of six straight points, which increased William Woods’ lead to 11. The Owls took the second set 25-14.
It was a mistake-ridden third set for the Stars as they surrendered 14 points to the Owls on errors. William Woods notched five of their eight blocks in the third stanza. Freshmen middle hitters Alyssa Beavers and Kerri Kircher had three kills apiece in the set.
Individually, all nine players who saw action in Monday’s match hit in the positive. Nasimiyu led the Stars with 11 kills, while two others had seven or more kills: Kircher (9) and Beavers (7). Junior setter Samantha Phegley registered her second consecutive double-double and eighth of the season with 23 assists and a team-high 11 digs.
The Stars are back in action on Thursday, Oct. 24 as NCAA Division III Westminster College (Mo.) comes to Silverthorne Arena for a 7 p.m. match. In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thursday’s contest will be the Stars’ annual “Pink” match. The volleyball team will be donning exclusive pink uniforms and hope to raise money for a local cancer center in Columbia. We encourage all in attendance to come decked out in pink.