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.
Montreat v. St. Andrews BOX SCORE
Montreat v. Pikeville BOX SCORE
Montreat, NC - The Montreat College volleyball team was home for a pair of matches on Saturday during a rainy Homecoming weekend. In the first match, the Cavaliers took on AAC opponent St. Andrews. The Knights got off to a fast start and rolled to a 25-13 first set victory and went ahead 2-0 after taking set two by the score of 25-19. The Cavaliers fought back and took the third set 25-22. Ultimately, the Knights prevailed, using a 25-21 fourth set win to earn the match victory.
Despite the loss, the Cavaliers got a standout performance from Anyla Kryeziu (SO/Prishtina, Kosovo), who led all players with 18 kills, to go along with 10 digs and a .441 hitting percentage. Abby Graham (SO/Chattanooga, TN) led all players with 38 assists and, along with teammate Katherine Harper (JR/Tallahassee, Fla. ), led the team with 13 digs.
In the afternoon match, it was the Cavaliers who got off to a fast start. After opening up the match with a resounding 25-14 set win, Montreat followed up with a 25-20 second set win to take a 2-0 lead. However, the Bears battled back and took the next two sets (25-23, 25-18) to force a decisive fifth set. In the final frame, the teams went back and forth before Pikeville finally put the match away with a 15-13 set win.
Kryeziu had another stellar effort, leading both sides with 19 kills, in addition to 16 digs. Graham once again led the team in assists, posting an amazing 49 for the match to go along with 14 digs. Sara Rawls (JR/Brantford, Ontario) (18 assists) and Miranda Walker (JR/Anthem, AZ) (12 assists) also had strong performances for the Cavaliers in the loss.
Reflecting on the day, head coach Kristy Kamer said, "We didn't come out ready to play against SAU. We showed up in the 3rd set to take that one but didn't finish. We had some players do some good things but Just couldn't finish the match. We came out ready against Pikeville, but let it slip away. We have a big week next week so we will get back in the gym Monday and get ready."
Montreat will return to action on Tuesday, October 6 on the road against AAC rival Milligan College. Match time is set for 6:30pm.
Cleveland, GA - The past two weeks have been a trying time for the Montreat College volleyball team, as marked progress and improved play have been evident, although a victory has proved elusive. That all changed Saturday night when the Cavaliers finished a grueling three-day trek through Georgia with a decisive 3-1 victory over AAC foe Truett-McConnell.
Montreat was strong from the outset, rolling through the first two sets 25-19 and 25-23 to take control of the match. WIth their backs against the wall at home, the Bears battled back to take the third set 26-24. The Cavaliers were not to be denied as they closed out the match with a 25-19 fourth set win.
Emily Howard (JR/Olin, N.C.) led the way for Montreat with 18 kills while teammate Anyla Kryeziu (SO/Prishtina, Kosovo) added 12 kills. Sara Rawls (JR/Brantford, Ontario) led all players with 26 digs, with Kryeziu right behind with 24 digs of her own. Abby Graham (SO/Chattanooga, TN) led Montreat with 26 assists for the match.
"We played with some determination today," explained head coach Kristy Kamer. "We have talked about having the will to win and to push through every diversity that is thrown your way. Today the proved to themselves they can do it."
The Cavaliers return to action when they host AAC foe Columbia College at McAlister Gym on Friday, October 2. Match time is set for 6:30pm.