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Lady Eagles Sweep HSSU in Conference Doubleheader


By Caleb Livingston

The Williams Baptist College volleyball team started off conference play in dominating fashion Thursday by sweeping a conference doubleheader without losing a set to the Harris Stowe State Hornets. With the win, Williams moves to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in league play.


The Lady Eagles started slowly in the first set winning 25-19 for their closet set of the night. Coach Eric Newell's Lady Eagles eventually pulled away for the comfortable victory in the first set as they showed their dominance late in the match. For the Lady Eagles that would be about as close as they would let HSSU come the rest of the first match.


In set two, with the scored tied at 6-6, the Lady Eagles reeled off 18 straight points behind the tremendous serving of junior Kelsey DeVault. DeVault had six aces during the run and was impressive with her carefully placed serves that had HSSU confused the whole set. DeVault also had a team-high six digs in the 2nd set to lead the Lady Eagles.


The third set was much of the same as the Lady Eagles dominated play and were rarely tested throughout the 3rd set, winning 25-10 to take a three-game sweep for their first conference win of the season.


Williams had a very balanced attack in the third set as DeVault again led the team with 4 digs and freshman Makenna Wiedower had a team-high 3 assists during the third set. For the match, DeVault had a match high six aces and 11 digs. Wiedower had match high 20 assists. Junior Caitlin Wakefield had five aces to go along with a match high six kills as freshman Brittney Dyer and sophomore Katie Thomas had five kills apiece. Thomas led the team with a .444 hitting percentage.


Match number two started much of the same for the Lady Eagles, as they dominated HSSU in three sets 25-13, 25-16 and 25-18. Williams (7-3, 2-0) left little doubt as they dominated from the beginning while rotating many players throughout the match.


The Lady Eagles took care of business early and often while recording their second conference win of the night and on the season. For the match, Bailey Stanley had a match high 10 kills, while freshman Makenna Wiedower had a match high 18 assists. Chelsey Politte and Hailey Tate had team highs in digs with six apeice.


With the doubleheader sweep the Lady Eagles move into a first place tie in AMC with Columbia and Hannibal-LaGrange.


The Lady Eagles will look to move to 4-0 in league play when they host the Park Pirates for a conference doubleheader Saturday at 11:00 a.m.


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