MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College volleyball team continued their strong play of late as they celebrated Homecoming Weekend with a pair of huge victories in Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Saturday.
In the morning, the Cavaliers knocked off Point University in four sets. After taking the first set and dropping the second, the team locked in, limiting the Skyhawks to a combined 23 points over the final two frames to earn the victory.
Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) led all players with 32 digs while Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) added 10 digs to go along with 23 assists. Bella Huerta (FR/Burlington, NC) came through with 24 assists and Elizabeth Fowlercollected five blocks. Courtney Glover (JR/Nashville, TN) and Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo) both had 12 kills while Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) and Jasmine Larsen (FR/Danville, IN) had 10 kills apiece. Howard maintained a 0.500 hitting percentage with Glover hitting at a 0.321 clip.
In the afternoon match, Montreat continued to roll, knocking off conference leading Milligan College in straight sets. Although the match ended early, the sets were tight as the Cavaliers endured a 25-22, 26-24, 25-20 affair from the AAC leaders to pick up the win.
Courtney Glover led the team with 11 kills (0.370) while Anyla Kryeziu added 10 kills (0.318). Bella Huerta had 21 assists and Kendra Johnson came through with 23 digs. Jasmine Larsen led all players with six blocks.
With the pair of victories, the Cavaliers (8-12, 7-4 AAC) have now won four straight matches and sit tied for fourth in the conference with Bryan. The team will be back in action on Tuesday, October 4th when they host AAC co-leader Union (KY) College at 6:30pm in McAlister Gym.
COLUMBIA, SC - The Montreat College volleyball team picked up a big win in Appalachian Athletic Conference action, defeating Allen University 25-11, 25-16, 25-21.
The Cavaliers (6-12, 5-4 AAC) got off to a strong start and controlled the match from the outset en route to the big win. Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) was outstanding, leading the team with 13 kills (0.588) and six blocks while Courtney Glover (JR/Nashville, TN) and Jasmine Larsen (FR/Danville, IN) added a combined 14 kills. Bella Huerta (FR/Burlington, NC) led the team with 20 assists while Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) collected 16 of her own. Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) led all players with 19 digs.
The Cavaliers were efficient all night, finishing with 45 kills while commiting just 11 turnovers, good for a 0.523 hitting percentage.
Montreat will return to action on Saturday, October 1st when they welcome two conference rivals to McAlister Gym for homecoming showdowns. The Cavaliers will take on Point University at 11am, followed by a match-up with Milligan College at 3pm.
CLEVELAND, TN - The Montreat College women's volleyball team split a double-header against Appalachian Athletic Conference opponents over the weekend. The Cavaliers started off the day by defeating Truett-McConnell in four sets before coming right back to get swept by Bluefield in the afternoon session.
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In the match against TMU, the Cavaliers got off to a strong start and broke an 11-11 first set score with a 7-1 run to give them a commanding lead. Montreat would retain their lead throughout that set and used an Ila Elstein (FR/Jacksonville, FL) kill to wrap up a 25-21 set win. After dropping the second set 25-23, the Cavaliers came back in the third frame, overcoming a 15-11 deficit to take a 25-18 win. Building off of that momentum, the Cavaliers would take control of the fourth set early and would roll to a 25-19 win to seal the victory.
Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo) and Jasmine Larsen (FR/Danville, IN) both came through with 14 kills for the match with Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) adding 10 kills of her own while leading the team with a 0.450 hitting percentage and seven blocks. Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) led all players with 27 assists while reigning national player of the week Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) had 40 digs to lead all players. Bella Huerta (FR/Burlington, NC) has 24 assists and Courtney Glover (JR/Nashville, TN) added five blocks and five kills.
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After defeating Truett-McConnell, the Cavaliers came out flat against a Bluefield team looking for it's first conference win. The Rams would take advantage of subpar play from Montreat and roll to a 25-13, 25-12, 29-27 sweep.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Tuesday, September 27th when they travel to take on Allen University at 6pm.