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MONTREAT, N.C. – Obscured somewhat by a stellar 4-0 run to open AAC Conference play by the Montreat Cavs' volleyball team was a singular achievement by one of its most outstanding student-athletes, Anyla Kryeziu ("AK"). On September 12, against the AAC's Bryan College, Kryeziu registered her 1,000th career kill as a Cavalier. It was one of an astounding 23 she had that evening to lead the Cavs to their first road victory against the Lions in six years. 

Kryeziu began playing volleyball when she was 12 years old, along with her sister, Era, in their hometown of Prishtina, Kosovo. 

By her junior year of high school, Kryeziu was living in Charlotte, where she attended Hopewell High School. She began her college search as a senior. "I started looking into schools in NC that needed an outside hitter (OH) and Montreat was one of them," said Kryeziu. "So my dad and I paid a visit and we both fell in love! I met the team and the coach (Kristy Kamer) and never felt more at home than I did here. So, I stopped looking at schools and committed here in April 2014. To this day, four years later, I am glad of my decision."

Era went on to compete at the AAC's St. Andrews, so the siblings were conference rivals unitl the elder Kryeziu graduated earlier this year. 

Kryeziu excels in the classroom as well, carrying a 3.8 GPA while studying Psychology and Human Services. She will seek her masters in social work following her graduation in the spring.

The senior's journey to excellence on the court and in the classroom has not gone unnoticed. In 2016, she earned AAC All-Academic recognition, as well as earning a spot as a NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete. As a sophomore, she garnered second team All-AAC honors on the court.

This week the local USA Today affilate, the Black Mountain News, was on campus to cover Kryeziu, as well as document the story of her family's courageous journey from a war-torn Kosovo in the late 1990s. That story is scheduled to run on Tuesday.

Next up: The Cavaliers (7-7, 3-1) face the AAC's Reinhardt (11-3, 2-1) on the road this evening at 6:30 p.m.. 

Pictured: Anyla Kryeziu (SR/Prishtina, Kosovo)

Photo credit & additional Cavalier photos: Daniel Brunson Photography 

MONTREAT, N.C.  – After the Montreat Cavaliers' volleyball team captured the first set against Bluefield College, it was clear they would be in for a battle on the evening. The Cavs (7-7, 4-1) took the opening set in a see-saw affair that saw the home team prevail, 25-23. They dropped the second set by the same 25-23 score and the two teams headed into the third knotted at one game apiece.

From there the Rams (6-9, 3-2) pulled away, taking the the next two sets (25-15, 25-20) to win the match, 3-1.

"We have some things to work on to get back on track," said head coach Kristy Kamer. The loss was the first within the AAC for Montreat this season after opening with four straight victories.

Although dropping the match, there were some individual highlights for the home team. Abby Graham (SR/Chattanooga, TN) followed up her AAC Setter of the Week performance last week with 39 assists on Tuesday night. Anyla Kryeziu (SR/Prishtina, Kosovo) led Montreat with 13 kills.

Next up: The Cavs head south to Reinhardt to take on the Eagles at 6:30 PM on Friday in Waleska, Ga. The Eagles are 10-3 overall and 2-1 in the AAC. Montreat topped Reinhardt twice in 2016-2017. 

Pictured: Montreat's Anyla Kryeziu goes up for a kill. 

Photo credit & additional Cavalier team photos: Daniel Brunson Photography

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Appalachian Athletic Conference's league office announced on Monday that Montreat's Abby Graham (SR/Chattanooga, TN) was named as its Setter of the Week for the week ended September 16. Graham was a key part of a three-game AAC win streak for the Cavaliers that ended with the team in a first-place tie with Union College in the AAC's North Division by Saturday evening.

The senior from Chattanooga averaged 11.18 assists per set, totaling 123 in 11 sets for the week. She notched a double-double with 56 assists and 15 digs in her team's win over Bryan College on September 12. On the week, she added four kills, three total blocks, and three aces.

"Abby did a good job of distributing the ball last week," said head coach Kristy Kamer upon learning of the honor. 

This is the first weekly award this season for Graham. The Cavaliers return to action against Bluefield College (5-9, 2-2) tomorrow evening at McAlister Gym at 6:30 PM. 

 
 
 
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