Dominant Park Offense Shines in 3-0 Sweep of StarsThe Stephens College volleyball team was no match for the 14th-ranked Park Pirates, who hit .442 on Saturday
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) Facing one of the top offenses in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Stephens College volleyball team was out-matched in Saturday’s meeting with No. 14 Park University. The Pirates, who improved to 28-4 and 7-1 in the American Midwest Conference (AMC), won in convincing fashion, defeating the Stars 25-8, 25-6, 25-8.
Although the Stars were able to limit the nation’s No. 2 attacker Wanessa Siqueira (4.65 kills/set) to just eight kills, the Pirates found several other options on offense to go to. One of those was middle blocker Lauren Purdy, who finished with a match-high 12 kills on 18 swings and a .667 hitting percentage.
In the first set, Park jumped out to a 12-2 lead behind four service aces from libero Juliana Barros. The Stars put together a string of three kills to bring the game within eight, but that was the closest they would get to the Pirates.
A combination of Park’s strong attack and careless errors by the Stephens’ offense contributed to an 11-0 start. Out of a Stars’ timeout, the Pirates gave up a point to via service error, but then rattled off eight more points to build an impressive 19-1 lead. Freshman Kerri Kircher ended that run with a kill assisted by Samantha Phegley. No. 14 Park closed out the set with a 25-6 victory.
The Pirates put together another strong offensive performance in the third set with 15 team kills and a match-best .519 attack efficiency. It was too much for the Stars as they managed just four kills on 21 attempts in the 25-8 loss.
Both middle hitters for Stephens College, Kerri Kircher and Alyssa Beavers, had positive hitting percentages, but lacked the opportunities as the Stars struggled to cleanly retrieve Park’s attacks. Kircher led the Stars with six kills.
Setter Samantha Phegley had a team-high 13 assists and eight digs to go along with one block assist.
Wrapping up a four-game homestand, the Stars return to the court on Monday (Oct. 28) as they face AMC foe Harris-Stowe State at 7 p.m.