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Volleyball climbs standings with sweep of Harris-Stowe

October 7, 2015

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

ST. LOUIS – The Stephens College volleyball team got back to its winning ways as it topped Harris-Stowe State University in straight sets Tuesday evening. Several Stars had their chance to shine with 10 different players registering a kill on the night.

With the 25-7, 25-14, 25-17 victory, the Stars shifted into ninth place in the American Midwest Conference standings, just one place out of playoff contention. Stephens improved to 6-12 overall and 2-5 in AMC play, while HSSU remains winless at 0-5, 0-4 AMC.

SC set the tone early overpowering the Hornets in Set 1 with a crushing attack percentage of .765. The Stars, who won by a 25-7 margin, posted a match-high 13 kills on 17 swings with zero attack errors. Middle hitter Kerri Kircher (JR/Richmond, Ind.) paced the team with five kills and a service ace, while the senior tandem of Madison Reale (SR/Chesterfield, Mo.) and Kandace Cook (SR/La Junta, Colo.) had three kills apiece. Halan Mann (SO/Blue Springs, Mo.) also contributed a pair of kills in the set.

In the second frame, Kircher finished her night with three more kills for a grand total of eight. The junior from Richmond, Ind., had a clean night on attack with zero errors and red-hot hitting percentage of .800. Kircher's middle hitter counterpart – Shelby Johnson (FR/Nixa, Mo.) – had a productive game with five kills, while outside hitter Darby Jones (SO/Kansas City, Mo.) was efficient in her appearance with two kills and back-to-back service aces. Harris-Stowe State overcame a rough first set to hit above .000 and score 14 points in Set 2.

Despite a 4-0 run to start the third set, unwarranted errors from the Stars' lineup allowed the Hornets to stay within four points up until the 20-15 mark. Stephens finally pulled away scoring seven in the last nine rallies. Stepping up in the stretch for the Stars was Danielle Kirk (FR/Camarillo, Calif.), who had three kills and an assisted block, and Halan Mann with a kill and assisted block.

Setter Danielle Craven (SO/Kansas City, Mo.) dished out 31 assists on the evening along with two aces and six digs. On the defensive front, Taylor Edwards (JR/St. Peters, Mo.) led the team in digs with 10, registering her fifth double-digit dig performance of the season.

The Stars will end a three-match roadswing on Monday when they visit Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. 

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