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No. 9 Lindsey Wilson Volleyball tops Bethel in straight sets

Blue Raiders claim 18th-consecutive match this season
Next - The Blue Raiders host Indiana University Southeast at 2pmCT on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY

By Matthew Stokes
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY – The ninth-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball team defeated visiting Bethel (IN) by a 3-0 margin (25-14, 25-13, 25-21) on Friday evening in a non-conference match at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY.

The Blue Raiders (22-2) were victorious on their home court for the fourth time in as many matches this fall. They held the Pilots (12-9) to a .063 attacking percentage overall.

During the opening set, the teams exchanged a pair of points for a 1-1 tie before Lindsey Wilson scored 12-straight points for a 13-1 edge. From that mark forward, Bethel would trail by no fewer than 11 points with the Blue Raiders ultimately prevailing, 25-14.

In that opening game, Lindsey Wilson had a .448 hitting percentage with only three attack errors. During the first set alone, Yennifer Ramirez and Sarah Shilling both finished with a half-dozen kills while Nadelina Nesheva added four.

Later on in the second game, the Blue Raiders moved out to a 5-0 advantage and held a 10-4 edge when the Pilots called a timeout. Further on down the line, Lindsey Wilson led by a 20-10 margin, and wrapped up things up with a 25-13 second-set victory that was punctuated by Nesheva’s game-closing kill.

Over the course of that middle set, the Blue Raiders hit at a .233 clip, but limited Bethel to an attacking percentage of -.062. Ramirez and Nesheva tallied three kills apiece, and Makenzie Montano had nine assists.

In what would be the night’s final game, Lindsey Wilson appeared to break open a 6-6 tie with a 7-1 spurt that provided the team a 13-7 advantage. The Pilots, however, hung in the thick of things during the back-and-forth action.

Facing match point with the score 24-17, Bethel had four-straight points to come within three at 24-21, but the Blue Raiders’ Sarah Anderson’s match-clinching kill sealed the Lindsey Wilson victory, 25-21.

To finish the match, the Blue Raiders had a .345 hitting percentage in the third set while the Pilots hit at a .114 rate. Montano had a pair of kills to go along with 11 assists, and Anderson totaled four kills with Nesheva adding three.

For the night, Shilling had a .667 attacking percentage with 10 kills against no errors, and Ramirez tallied 10 kills with seven digs. Nesheva finished with 10 kills to join Shilling and Ramirez in the double-digit kill category. Montano had three kills, five digs and a match-best 32 assists, and Anderson totaled seven kills and three service aces.

For Bethel, Haley Brown had a team-high seven kills, and Sami Leach finished with four digs and 24 assists. Amanda Troyer had a team-best 13 digs.

Next - The Blue Raiders host Indiana University Southeast at 2pmCT on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY

This story was posted on 2014-10-10 20:38:48
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