MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College volleyball team got back to work after a week off, defeating Allen University 3-0 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
The Cavaliers (2-3, 1-0 AAC) were tested early in the first set but eventually took the win 25-16. From there Montreat would take firm control, winning each of the final two sets 25-11 to seal the victory.
Lizzy Fowler (FR/Suffolk, VA) had an outstanding match converting all seven of her attacks into kills for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage. Ila Elstein (FR/Jacksonville, FL) led the team with eight kills while Courtney Glover (JR/Nashville, TN) added seven of her own. Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) was an excellent distributor, coming through with 23 assists while Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) and Sara Rawls (SR/Brantford, Ontario) both had 14 digs.
The Cavaliers return to action on Friday, September 2nd when they will open play in the Point Park Battlefield Tournament in Pittsburgh, PA. The team will take on Lawrence University at 2pm and will play The University of Rio Grande at 6pm.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College volleyball team kicked off the 2016 season by hosting the 2016 Volley in the Mountains tournament over the weekend in McAlister Gymnasium. Playing in a round-robin format, the Cavaliers picked up their first win of the season and gained some valuable experience against a number of quality opponents.
On Friday afternoon, the team picked up a thrilling 3-2 victory over Point Park. After dropping the first set to the Pioneers, Montreat rebounded with a 25-17 second set win. Point Park would take the third set 25-16 and push the Cavaliers to the brink in the fourth. However, Montreat was able to dig deep and pulled out a thrilling 27-25 win in set four to set up a decisive fifth set. In the final frame, the Cavaliers continued their forward momentum and took the set 15-10 to clinch the victory.
Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo) led the team with 15 kills while Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) added 8 kills and a 0.400 hitting percentage. Freshmen setters Bella Huerta (FR/Burlington, NC) and Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) combined for 51 assists while upperclassmen Sara Rawls (SR/Brantford, Ontario) and Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) combined for 36 digs.
On Saturday morning, the Cavaliers faced a tough opponent in Life University and would fall 3-0 to the Eagles (25-14, 25-16, 25-16). Kryeziu would again lead the way with 7 kills while Condon added 21 assists and 10 digs. Kendra Johnson collected 9 digs in the contest.
On Saturday afternoon, the Cavaliers returned to action against Keiser University. The Seahawks imposed their will early in the match and rolled to a 25-18 first set win. Keiser would prevail in the second set 25-17 before the Cavaliers came alive in the third set. Montreat played the Eagles evenly in that frame before eventually falling 25-21. Megan Condon led the way for the Cavaliers with 21 assists and 10 digs while Anyla Kryeziu had 11 kills. Kendra Johnson came up with 9 digs for the contest.
The Cavaliers wrapped up the tournament with a thriller against Shawnee State on Sunday. After dropping the first two sets 25-15 and 25-16, Montreat came alive and squeezed out a 28-26 third set victory to keep the match going. The Cavaliers continued their strong play in the fourth set, earning a 25-20 win to push the match into a final set. In the fifth frame, the Bears got off to a good start and held on for a 15-10 set win to earn the victory.
The team will resume play on Tuesday, August 30th when they host new Appalachian Athletic Conference member Allen (SC) at 6:30pm. This will be the conference opener for both schools.
Montreat College Volleyball will once again host the annual Volley in the Mountains Tournament. Montreat College and five other teams will begin action on Friday, August 19th at 5pm.
You can watch all the live action HERE