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No. 3-ranked LWC Volleyball now 15-0, winning 3-0 at Asbury
Ninety-seven witness overpowering Blue Raiders sweep matchs at Luce Center Gymnasium in Wilmore, KY. STATS
Upcoming: Lindsey Wilson Volleyball hosts Cumberlands (KY), Varsity at 6:30pmCT (JV at 4:30pmCT) Thu 28 Sep 2017, at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY
By Charlie Balcom, Assistant Sports Information Director
WILMORE, KY - The Lindsey Wilson volleyball team continued their perfect start to the 2017 season as the No. 3-ranked Blue Raiders swept host Asbury (KY) 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-17) on Wednesday night, September 20, 2017, at the Luce Center Gymnasium.
Lindsey Wilson is now 15-0 on the year and has won 14 of those matches with 3-0 sweeps. Asbury falls to 6-3 with the loss.
It was a hot start to the night for the Blue Raiders who won 10 of the first 11 point to begin the match, winning four of those points on blocks alone. A Peyton Johnston ace made it a 13-4 Lindsey Wilson lead and after Asbury won the next point, the Blue Raiders closed out the set on a 12-4 run, capped off by a Grace Blomstedt kill.
Blomstedt, who is coming off a 10-kill performance against Campbellsville (KY) on Tuesday night, racked up six kills on seven swings in the first set, part of a .391 attacking average for the Blue Raiders. Elly Burke added three kills in the frame as the LWC defense held the Eagles to a -.172 attacking percentage with five blocks, the fourth-consecutive set the Blue Raiders have held their opponent to a negative mark.
The Blue Raiders had another fast start in set two with an early 3-0 lead, but Asbury battled back and hung around for the early stages of the frame, tying the match at 4-4 and again at 7-7. With a slim 11-10 lead, Lindsey Wilson began to find a rhythm again by winning the next three points and 11 of the next 15 overall to take a 22-14 lead after a Klara Mikelova kill.
Mikelova, who was making her debut in a Blue Raider uniform, recorded five kills on five swings in the second set with her fifth coming on set point to give the Blue Raiders the 25-17 victory.
Along with Mikelova's five, Lexie Hamrick recorded three kills in the second set and Burke added another three to her total. Lindsey Wilson outhit the Eagles .538 to .200 in the set, the Blue Raiders recording 17 kills and committing just three attacking errors.
Asbury took its first lead of the night after the Blue Raiders were hit with an out of rotation call to start the third set. The Eagles fell behind but battled back to retake the lead at 6-5 and again at 8-7. LWC took the lead after back-to-back points including a kill from Carolynne Silva, who was making her season debut, but Asbury won the next two points to take the lead right back.
The Blue Raiders answered with a 7-1 run and Johnston later served up back-to-back-to-back aces to give LWC a 21-13 lead, the largest of the set for Lindsey Wilson. After an exchange of points, Silva and Hamrick combined to record the Blue Raiders' 10th team block of the night at match point to take the third set 25-17. It marks the second-straight match the Blue Raiders have recorded double-digit team blocks.
Lindsey Wilson concluded the match hitting .385 while limiting the Eagles to a .033 mark. Burke finished with a team-high eight kills while Blomstedt and Mikelova had seven and Silva finished with six. Makenzie Montano recorded 34 assists while Caitlyn Tino had a match-high 17 digs.
Julia Thompson led the Eagles with six kills while Laura Bird had 10 assists in the loss.
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