Stars Lose Critical AMC Matchup on Road at Hannibal-LaGrangeThe Stephens College volleyball team (6-21, 1-7 AMC) hung with Hannibal-LaGrange all three sets, but fell 25-23, 25-22, 25-18
HANNIBAL, Mo. – (Box Score) On Thursday (Oct. 31), the Stephens College volleyball team missed on an opportunity to move up in the American Midwest Conference standings, losing at Hannibal LaGrange (Mo.), 3-0. The Stars dropped the first two sets by a combined five points, falling to the Trojans 25-23, 25-22, 25-18.
With a win against Hannibal-LaGrange, Stephens would have moved into a two-way tie for ninth and one step closer to a clinching a spot in the AMC postseason tournament. Now, the Stars are on the outside looking in with a 1-7 record in league play with just three matches remaining.
Taking advantage of Trojan mistakes and building on the momentum from early offensive success, the Stars developed a four-point lead at 12-8. HLGU chipped away at the Stars’ margin, tied the game at 13-all, and remained in front the rest of the way.
A combined effort in the second set kept the Stars within reach of evening the match. Freshmen Alyssa Beavers and Yonne Nasimiyu had three kills apiece, while Kerri Kircher added a pair and libero Tanya Avington scored two clutch service aces. Despite posting a match-best in kills (10), the Stars fell short in a 25-22 decision.
Stephens again jumped out to a lead in the earlygoing, but couldn’t hold off the Trojan attack. HLGU finished the night with a 34-27 advantage in the kill category and hit .221 compared to the Stars’ .044 attack efficiency.
Nasimiyu led Stephens in offense with eight kills on .313 hitting to go along with four digs, two assists and a service ace. Right behind Nasimiyu was Beavers with seven kills, while also contributing two assisted blocks.
In addition to three aces from the service line, libero Tanya Avington also had a match-high 11 digs.
The Stars will play their last regular-season away match on Saturday (Nov. 2) in an AMC contest with Benedictine University-Springfield at 1 p.m.