|Final - Volleyball||1||2||3||4||5||F|
|Haskell (Kan.)||Indv. Leaders||Graceland University|
|#6 Alliyah Richards - 4||Kills||#6 Megan Kneib - 10|
|6 Players - 1||Blocks||2 Players (#13,#19) - 2|
|#9 Krista Costa - 13||Digs||#3 Sydney Stewart - 20|
|#16 Sophia Honahni - 1||Aces||#5 Kacie Miyama - 4|
|Haskell (Kan.)||Team Statistics||Graceland University|
|Final - Volleyball||1||2||3||4||F|
|Park (Mo.) (8-1)||25||25||22||25||3|
|Graceland University (4-4)||18||9||25||14||1|
|Baldwin City, KS|
|Park (Mo.)||Indv. Leaders||Graceland University|
|#22 Nada Meawad - 13||Kills||#6 Megan Kneib - 8|
|#14 Maren Mair - 4||Blocks||#13 Eden Meier - 6|
|#10 Celina Monteiro - 25||Digs||#3 Sydney Stewart - 18|
|#22 Nada Meawad - 5||Aces||#10 Keslie Sickels - 3|
|Park (Mo.)||Team Statistics||Graceland University|
Baldwin City, KS- Graceland University split matches today at the opening day of the Baker Invitational. The Jackets first fell to No. 4 Park University 25-18, 25-9, 22-25, 25-14, before sweeping Haskell Indian Nations University 25-17, 25-17, 25-12.
Graceland vs. Park University
After quite the battle with the Park University Pirates, a single set was all the Jackets could take away from the nationally ranked team. Graceland fell in four sets to the Pirates.
Park put up a total of 55 kills and assists for the match, in addition to 12 aces, and 62 digs. Contributing to these numbers were Nada Meawad of the Pirates, leading her team in kills with 13. Dana Gomes earned 48 of the team's 55 assists, and Celina Monteiro tallied 25 digs for the night.
Graceland was unable to match these stats, resulting in their loss. The Jackets produced 38 kills as a team and were led by junior, Meghan Kneib, who recorded eight. Not far behind her was junior, Hannah Farley, with seven kills. Senior Stephanie Herman and Freshman Emree Sato marked 13 and 12 assists in the match, as five other players added assists as well. Graceland produced a total of 50 digs; 18 of which were tallied by freshman Sydney Stewart.
Head coach Stew McDole said, "Honestly this match was our best effort of the season. Maybe it was provoked by our No. 4 ranked opponent, but I believed it was from personnel and team resolved. We really liked how we played."
Graceland vs. Haskell Indian Nations University
Gracleand was able to pick up momentum after the morning's game, and came back to sweep Haskell Nations in three sets.
The Jackets outperformed the Indians across the board. GU produced a total of 37 kills to the Indians 13. GU hit an impressive 0.325% for the match. Offensively, Megan Kneib led the offense producing 10 kills. Sickels added eight kills, hitting a team-high 0.636 percent. Herman, Sato and Sam Schell Shared the setting duties, combining for 18 of the teams 21 assists. Kacie Miyama marked four of the Jackets 10 service aces in the match. Sydney Stewart recorded 20 kills defensively.
"The team is determined to find its best self and perform at that level. The win came down to serving and ball control. We are happy for the win," concluded McDole.
The second day of the Baker Invite will begin for the Yellowjackets Saturday at 10:00am as they team faces Ottawa University (6-5). The final match of the tournament for Graceland will be against Columbia College (3-1) at 1:00pm.
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