Montreat, NC - The Montreat College volleyball team was at home Tuesday night to take on Appalachian Athletic Conference leader Union (KY) in conference action. After winning the fist set in dramatic fashion, the Cavaliers lost momentum and the experienced Bulldogs capitalized with a string of three straight set wins to earn the victory.
Anyla Kryeziu (SO/Prishtina, Kosovo) led the Cavaliers with 13 kills to go along with 12 digs and a .355 hitting percentage. Abby Graham (SO/Chattanooga, TN) led the team with 29 assists while Sara Rawls (JR/Brantford, Ontario) added 18 digs.
The Cavaliers return to action on Thursday, October 15 when they host Columbia College. Match time is set for 6:30pm.
Athens, TN - The Montreat College volleyball team traveled to Tennessee over the weekend for a pair of matches against Appalachian Athletic Conference opponents. The Cavaliers kicked off action on Friday night against Bryan. The host Lions got off to a strong start and rolled to a 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-23, 25-12).
Anyla Kryeziu (SO/Prishtina, Kosovo) led the Cavaliers while Emily Howard (JR/Olin, N.C.) added 7 kills. Abby Graham (SO/Chattanooga, TN) added 19 assists and 7 digs while Katherine Harper (JR/Tallahassee, Fla. ) contributed 8 digs.
On Saturday, the Cavaliers battled Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, TN. Montreat got off to a great start, taking the first set 25-19. The Bulldogs regained their composure and took set two 25-14. The next two sets were closely contested with the Bulldogs edging out the Cavaliers 26-24 and 25-22 to take the match.
Anyla Kryeziu and Emily Howard led the way for Montreat with 13 kills apiece while Sara Rawls (JR/Brantford, Ontario) led all players with 22 digs. Rawls was one of four Cavaliers with double-digit digs, along with Abby Graham with 13, Katherine Harper with 11 and Kryeziu with 11 of her own.
The Cavaliers return to action Tuesday night, October 13 at home against Union College. Match time is set for 6:30pm.
Milligan College, TN - The Montreat College volleyball team hit the road Tuesday for a showdown with AAC rival Milligan. In what has become the norm for a young and improving Cavalier squad, the team found itself in a back-and-forth battle against the Buffs. Despite taking an early 2-1 set lead, the Cavaliers dropped the final two sets in a 3-2 loss.
The first set saw Milligan use runs of 6-0 and 8-2 to take a 25-14 win. The Cavaliers responded well, breaking loose from a tight set with a 9-2 run en route to a 25-18 set victory. Montreat used a balanced effort in the third set and withheld a push from Milligan to take the frame, 25-21.
The fourth set was also a back-and-forth affair, with Milligan prevailing 25-21, forcing a fifth and final set. In the deciding frame, Milligan took a 4-3 lead that they never relinquished en route to a 15-1 set win.
Emily Howard (JR/Olin, N.C.) led all players with 18 kills on the match, with teammate Anyla Kryeziu (SO/Prishtina, Kosovo) contributing 15 kills and 11 digs. Abby Graham (SO/Chattanooga, TN) led the way for the Cavaliers with 47 assists and a .429 hitting percentage. Katherine Harper (JR/Tallahassee, Fla. ) was a strong defensive presence for Montreat, leading the team with 20 digs.
Head Coach Kristy Kamer was proud of her team's effort saying, "We played so well tonight and I couldn't be more proud of our effort. In the end, some things just did not go our way. We lost the first set and could have dropped but we came back out strong and took the next two. We are learning more and more what hard work and dedication can do."
The Cavaliers return to action Friday, October 9th on the road against Bryan College. Match time is set for 6:30pm.