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.
KANSAS CITY, MO - After a record-setting week earned her recognition as an Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Montreat College volleyball player Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) was named the NAIA National Defender of the Week on Tuesday.
Johnson began her amazing week when she recorded 60 digs in a five-set win over Reinhardt (GA.). This broke the record for not only Montreat, but also the record for the Appalachian Athletic Conference for digs in a match. This effort also placed Johnson on the NAIA all-time single match list at No. 6 and is the most amount of digs in a match so far this season. In three matches played last week, Johnson had 122 total digs and three aces to help the Cavaliers to a 2-1 record on the week. Johnson currently ranks No. 14 nationally in total digs (315) and No. 16 in digs per game (5.7). This is the first National Player of the Week honor for Johnson.
Click HERE to read the official release from the NAIA