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No. 12 Lindsey Wilson Volleyball moves past Pikeville, 3-0

Blue Raiders limit the Bears to a .054 attacking percentage
Next: Lindsey Wilson at St. Catharine (KY) at 6pmCT, on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Lourdes Hall, 2735 Bardstown Road, St. Catharine, KY 40061.

By Matthew Stokes
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY – The No. 12-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball team swept visiting Pikeville (KY) 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-14) on Monday evening, 29 Sep 2014, at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY.

On the way to capturing their 14th-consecutive victory, the Blue Raiders (18-2, 5-0 Mid-South Conference) finished with a season-best .446 hitting percentage, .070 higher than their previous single-match high of .376.

In the evening’s first set, the action was knotted up at 3-3 when Lindsey Wilson posted nine-straight points to move ahead by a 12-3 margin. From there, the Bears (9-9, 0-7 MSC) drew no closer than eight points as Lindsey Wilson claimed a 25-14 win.

The Blue Raiders began play by hitting .560 with just a pair of attacking errors in the first set as Sophia Riviere had five kills to pace Lindsey Wilson. Conversely, the Bears (9-9, 0-7 MSC) had a -.038 attacking percentage, including eight errors.

During the second set, Pikeville stayed in the thick of things following back-to-back-to-back kills by Chelsea Staples, Haley Esquivel and Sydney Morris, respectively, to make it a 10-8 game. The Blue Raiders, however, tallied 6-of-7 points during one stretch to assume a 16-9 edge on their way to a 25-18 victory.

Lindsey Wilson posted a .375 hitting percentage and once again only committed two attack errors to claim a 25-18 win. Riviere and Nadelina Nesheva each tallied three kills for the Blue Raiders. Pikeville improved its attack percentage to a .105 rate, but also had nine attacking errors.

In the final set, the score was 10-9 in favor of Lindsey Wilson when the Blue Raiders scored 11 unanswered points to move to a decisive 25-14 win.

Lindsey Wilson reached the .400 mark in hitting percentage in that third set. Riviere and Nesheva continued their pace as both had four kills, while Alexa Just added a pair of kills, including the match-clinching point for the Blue Raiders.

Riviere totaled a career-high 12 kills for Lindsey Wilson and was joined by Nesheva with 11 in the double-digit kills category. Overall Riviere hit a team-high .667 while Nesheva finished at .579 for the match. Brianna Bartlett tallied a match-high 21 assists, while Kirsten King led with 11 digs, followed by Caitlyn Tino with 10. Additionally, the Blue Raiders tied a season-high for total team blocks with 10.0.

For the Bears, Sydney Hall and Esquivel both had six kills, and Morris totaled 20 assists.

Prior to this match, the two programs’ junior varsity teams squared off with the Blue Raiders prevailing by a 2-0 margin (28-26, 28-26). Rachel Green recorded a team-best 10 kills while Morgan Johnson had eight kills to go along with nine digs. Katie Koper chipped in three service aces as well as a team-high 30 assists.

This story was posted on 2014-09-30 05:35:58
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