On Friday, the seventh-seed Kenyon volleyball team competed against the College of Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) in the NCAC Tournament. After beating the Fighting Scots in the first round, the Owls fell to the Battling Bishops, ending their 2022 season.
Against sixth-seed Wooster, Kenyon took the first set 25-22, with a pair of attacks from Kathryn McCaffrey ’26 and Becca Gwynne ’26 to seal the victory. The Scots won the second set 27-25 to tie the match. Despite the loss, Kenyon came back strong to win the third set with a 25-20 score. With momentum on their side and a trip to the quarterfinals on the horizon, the Owls dominated the final set with a score of 25-18 and advanced to face the Battling Bishops.
In their quarterfinal matchup, OWU opened the match with a resounding offensive performance in the first set. The Battling Bishops opened the scoring with a 10-4 run and never trailed, going on to win 25-17. Though Kenyon worked hard to tie up the match in the second set, OWU jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead and earned a 25-20 win. Facing elimination and the end of their season, the Owls’ prospects looked good in the third set, as they led 16-11. Unfortunately, the Battling Bishops flexed their offensive muscles to go on a 9-1 run and take the lead. Though Kenyon was able to tie the set at 20-all, the Battling Bishops scored the final five points of the quarterfinals to win 3-0.
The Owls finished their 2022 campaign with an overall record of 5-21 (2-5 NCAC).