Stars Edged by Westminster in "Spike for the Cure" MatchThe Stephens College volleyball team came up empty in Sets 2 and 3, both of which went beyond the required 25 points
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) Donning pink uniforms for its “Spike for the Cure” match, the Stephens College volleyball team (5-19, 0-5 AMC) was edged by NCAA Division III Westminster College (12-10, 7-5 SLIAC) in three sets on Thursday (Oct. 24). The visiting Blue Jays started off the evening with a commanding 25-15 win, but squeaked by the Stars in the next two sets 26-24 and 29-27 to complete the sweep.
Plagued by 10 attack errors and a -.031 hitting percentage in the first set, the Stars struggled to stay within reach of Westminster. After going up 12-6, the Blue Jays maintained at least a 6-point margin the rest of the way and finished the set with a 25-15 victory over Stephens.
In set two, the Stars were paced by sophomore Madison Reale’s seven kills on 14 swings. Additionally the team as a whole had its best hitting numbers of the night at .263. With set point at 24-23, Stephens was unable to capitalize and saw Westminster’s set-attack combo of Kayla Reeg to Lexi Collier come through big. Collier slammed home three straight kills and finished the 26-24 game with a .833 attack efficiency.
Looking to stay alive in the third stanza, the Stars engaged in another lengthy battle. Several players pitched in throughout the marathon set, including Alyssa Beavers (5), Yonne Nasimiyu (4) and Samantha Phegley, who combined for 12 of the Stars’ 15 kills. At the net, the Stars blocked back five points as freshman middle hitter Kerri Kircher was in on four (1 solo, 3 assisted). Stephens also registered three aces between freshmen Tanya Avington and Taylor Edwards. The Stars certainly had their chances to lock up a win with three separate set points, but surrendered three attack errors in the last five rallies, losing 27-29.
Junior setter Samantha Phegley had one of the best all-around performances for the Stars on Thursday as she dished out 29 assists, hit .462 with seven kills, had nine digs and two assisted blocks. Reale led the team in kills (9), followed closely behind by Beavers with eight.
The Stephens College volleyball team will be back in action on Saturday (Oct. 26) in a conference showdown with 14th-ranked Park (Mo.). The home match at Silverthorne Arena is set for a 1 p.m. start time.