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Lindsey Wilson Volleyball collects 3-0 victory over Shawnee State

Blue Raiders sweep fifth-consecutive opponent in as many tries
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Next: The Blue Raider Volleyball Team hosts Asbury (KY) at 6pmCT on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY.

By Matthew Stoke
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY – The eighth-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball defeated visiting Shawnee State (OH) in straight sets 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-14) on Friday, October 17, at Biggers Sports Center.



The victory marked the Blue Raiders’ (25-2, 10-0 Mid-South Conference) 21st-straight win this fall as well as their 29th-consecutive victory in regular-season conference play reaching back to the 2012 campaign.

During the opening set, Lindsey Wilson held a 3-2 edge and then claimed 11-of-12 points to seize a 15-3 lead when the Bears (12-14, 5-5 MSC) called a timeout. In that span, the Blue Raiders’ Sarah Shilling and Nadelina Nesheva had four and two kills, respectively.

With Lindsey Wilson up by a 20-9 score later in set one, Shawnee State nabbed 6-of-7 points to dart back into the thick of things at 21-15 following a Devan Scarberry kill. The Blue Raiders, however, won 4-of-5 points to wrap up an opening-game victory, 25-16, finished out by a Makenzie Montano kill.

In that first set, Shilling and Nesheva contributed five kills apiece, and Montano had three kills to go along with 13 assists. Catie Cline added a pair of service aces for Lindsey Wilson.

Later on during the second game, the match tightened up with the score tied 10-10 after a Shilling kill. The Bears hung around, however, as they trailed by only a pair of points following a Christina Shelton kill that made it 17-15 in favor of the Blue Raiders.

Three-straight Lindsey Wilson points pushed that lead to 20-15 as Shawnee State called a timeout. Following some back-and-forth action, Cline secured the second-set victory for the Blue Raiders, 25-19, with the decisive kill.

During the second game, Lindsey Wilson improved its team attacking percentage from a .294 mark in the first set to a .344 hitting rate in the second game with 13 kills against a pair of errors.

In that game, Yennifer Ramirez, Shilling and Nesheva each recorded three kills while Montano had a kill and 11 assists for the Blue Raiders.

During the third and final set, Lindsey Wilson moved ahead to a 10-4 advantage following a service ace by Caitlyn Tino. From that point forward, the Bears came no closer than within five points at 11-6 before ultimately falling, 25-14, which was punctuated by a match-clinching Ramirez kill.

To close the night, the Blue Raiders had a team hitting percentage of .444 with 15 kills against three errors in the third game.

In addition to totaling its highest single-match team block total with 12.0 tonight, Lindsey Wilson received a dozen kills from both Nesheva and Ramirez. Additonally, Nesheva hit .478 for the match.

Shilling finished with 11 kills, and Montano had four kills, eight digs and a match-best 36 assists. Alexa Just led all players with 15 digs.

For the Bears, Kristi Humble and Paige Zelich each had six kills, and Scarberry and Rhyanna Day totaled 10 digs apiece. Scarberry also finished with 15 assists.

The Blue Raiders play next versus Asbury (KY) at 6pmCT on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY.


This story was posted on 2014-10-17 22:33:43
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