|Baker (Kan.) ( 9-12, 2-8 Heart)||13||23||25||25||17||3|
|Graceland University (8-10, 2-6 Heart)||25||25||17||16||15||2|
|Baker (Kan.)||Indv. Leaders||Graceland University|
|2 Players (#7,#14) - 14||Kills||#6 Megan Kneib - 15|
|#14 Olivia Brees - 7||Blocks||#10 Keslie Sickels - 5|
|#7 Ashley Sparks - 22||Digs||#3 Sydney Stewart - 27|
|#7 Ashley Sparks - 1||Aces||2 Players (#8,#10) - 3|
|Baker (Kan.)||Team Statistics||Graceland University|
LAMONI, IA- Graceland University women's volleyball fell to the Baker University Wildcats after an intense five-set battle on the Jacket home court. The Wildcats 13-25, 23-25, 25-17 25-16, 17-15.
Baker advanced to 9-12, 2-8 Heart, while Graceland fell 8-10, 2-6 Heart.
Graceland University came out strongly in the first set. GU commanded the lead early on, and maintained it the duration of the set. The Jackets brought the heat offensively, receiving multiple kills from various players. Graceland won the game cleanly, 25-13.
The second set did not start off as strongly for the Jackets. Baker brought the pressure, producing a string of kills to moved ahead 16-8. With the score at 20-15 in favor of BU, Graceland then began their comeback. GU's Keslie Sickles and Emma Runyan produced key kills, as the Jackets fought to tied the set at 22-all. Graceland pushed ahead to the end, and after a dramatic come-back, won the set 25-23.
With GU leading the match 2-0. Graceland and Baker went point for point for the beginning of the third set. The Wildcats were able to string together some longer rallies, and eventually obtained a five-point edge at 17-12. A Graceland timeout was to no avail, and the gap grew even more. The Wildcats took the third, 25-17.
Baker picked up right where they left off, and used their previous momentum to propel them forward in the fourth. BU held a 10-1 lead early on. Errors for Graceland proved costly, as Bakers offense was putting the ball away. The Wildcats claimed the fourth 25-16.
The fifth and final set was a battle, and an absolute nail biter. The teams were neck and neck throughout the final set. With the score tied at 15-all, BU's Olivia Brees earned a big kill to score the go ahead point. Baker closed the match with the next point to win the set 17-15. Graceland fell in five sets to Baker.
The two team's combined for 447 total attacks in the contest. Graceland recorded seven service aces, while Baker marked 10 blocks.
Four players produced double-figure kills in the match for the Yellowjackets. Megan Kenib led the team with 15 kills. Keslie Sickels, Hannah Farley and Emma Runyan added 12 each. Stephanie Herman and Emree Sato set the tempo dishing out 23 and 21 assists, respectively. Defensively, five players accumulated double-figure digs. Syndey Stewart recorded 27, while Herman and Kacie Miyama added 16 each.
Baker tallied a total of 60 kills in the match, and were led offensively by. Olivia Brees and Ashley Sparks with 14 apeice. The offensive was paced by Jenna Sackman and Megan Milroy with 30 and 19 assists, respectively. Defensively, Ashley Sparks recorded 22 digs, as Ali Clark tabbed 20 digs.
Graceland will be right back at home Saturday, September 30. The Jackets will host Avilia University at 2 p.m.
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