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Lady Eagles Close Successful Volleyball Season


The Williams Baptist College volleyball team lost to William Woods University on Tuesday evening in five intense sets.  The loss, which came at home in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament, brought the Lady Eagles’ most successful season to a close.

The scores were (WBC scores second) 25-15, 21-25, 30-28, 19-25, and 15-9.   

Williams accumulated 27 wins in 2011, which is tied for the most in team history.  Their 27-9 overall record was the best winning percentage ever for the Lady Eagles, edging the 2008 squad that went 27-11. 

The Lady Eagles are nationally ranked in several NAIA categories.  They are ranked 1st in the country in total service aces, 8th in service aces per match and 13th in hitting percentage.

Williams senior Caitlin Wakefield is ranked number one in the NAIA in total aces and number two in aces per game.  She becomes the first Lady Eagle to lead the country in total service aces. 

The team’s success was able to extend beyond the volleyball court, according to Coach Eric Newell.  “The most gratifying part of the season was not the winning percentage or the total amount of wins, but rather the relationships built throughout the course of the season among the players.”

Newell went on to comment, “The winning was a byproduct of the hard work that the girls put in both on and off the court.”

Newell also commented that he believes the future is bright for the Williams volleyball team, and that the team expects to build on this year’s successes.

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