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Ramirez's career-night helps LWC Volleyball sweep Asbury 3-0

Yennifer Ramirez hit .333 with 20 kills in the win Tuesday night

By Charlie Balcom
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - The 10th-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball team pulled off a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 30-28) sweep over Asbury (KY) Tuesday evening, October 21, 2014, at Biggers Sports Center.

Yennifer Ramirez finished with a career-high 20 kills to help the Blue Raiders (26-2) match the program's longest win streak in history at 22-consecutive matches.

Nadelina Nesheva also posted double-digit kills at 14 while Sarah Shilling finished with nine. Makenzie Montano finished with 43 assists, her second-highest output of the season. Ramirez and Caitlyn Tino both recorded 13 digs in the win.

Asbury falls to 30-7 on the year, the loss snaps the Eagles' 20-game win streak.

It was a dogfight from the start as the Blue Raiders and Eagles were in a tight battle in the opening set before Lindsey Wilson led 12-11. The Blue Raiders then used a 13-7 run to close out the first set 25-18, Nesheva recording a pair of kills and a service ace in that stretch.

In the second set, the Blue Raiders led 14-10 before scoring four-straight points to give the team an 18-10 lead. Nesheva had two kills, while Shilling added a kill and Ramirez tallied a service ace.

With the Blue Raiders leading 20-13, Lindsey Wilson closed out the set on a 5-4 run with two kills by Ramirez and one each from Catie Cline and Nesheva, to take set two, 25-17.

In the third set, the Asbury defense dominated at the net early as the Eagles recorded three-straight blocks to begin the frame, followed by a kill and a service ace for the 5-0 lead.

Asbury would emerge with an 11-4 lead, but the Blue Raiders rallied and went on a 10-3 run capped off by a pair of Ramirez kills and a Sarah Anderson service ace to force an Eagle timeout at 14-14.

The Blue Raiders found themselves in trouble as Asbury led 24-22, attempting to force a fourth set. But another Ramirez kill and an Eagle error brought the match all square at 24-24.

Lindsey Wilson would face set point two more times in the frame before finally breaking through with a 27-26 lead on a block by Nesheva and Cline.

After four more point exchanges, Asbury committed a costly attacking error at match point, giving the Blue Raiders the 30-28 dramatic third-set victory.

Lindsey Wilson tallied a hitting percentage of .317 while limiting Asbury to a .165 hitting percentage. The Blue Raiders finished with six blocks compared to nine by the Eagles.

Kayla Morlan led Asbury with 11 kills in the loss. Maddie Lewis totaled 14 digs and Lindsay Kurz had 16 assists.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Lindsey Wilson junior varsity volleyball team fell 2-0 (25-16, 25-15) to Asbury. Katie Koper had 14 assists and three digs while Morgan Johnson had a team-high six kills and six digs.

This story was posted on 2014-10-21 20:48:15
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