The Kenyon volleyball team took on the NCAC/MIAA Crossover tournament before facing off against Wilmington College at home. The Owls lost all four games, bringing their record to 2-7.
On Friday, Kenyon’s first match was against the University of Olivet (Mich.). The Owls went down early, as the Comets took the first set with a five-point lead. Kenyon didn’t back down, though, winning the second set 29-27 in overtime. The Comets doubled down after this brief comeback, winning the next two sets 25-17 and 27-25 and taking the win.
After a brief intermission, the Owls were back at it against Alma College (Mich.), which followed a similar pattern to Olivet. Alma took the first set 25-20, before the Owls dominated the second with a 25-17 victory. However, Kenyon could not keep up with Alma, and the Owls lost the final two sets 18-25 and 16-25. Becca Gwynne ’26 led her team with nine kills, and Hannah Schwemm ’27 had 12 assists.
After two games, the Owls faced off in the final tournament match against St. Mary’s College (Ind.). All three sets ended in favor of the Belles, for a final score of 25-19, 25-21, 25-20. Gwynne totalled six kills, while Maggie Wolf ’26 led the team with 10 assists.
On Tuesday, the Owls unfortunately lost their home opener against Wilmington. The Quakers won in a 3-0 game, 25-19, 25-17 and 25-20. Gwynne once again had a team-high eight kills, with Wolf totalling 15 assists.
Despite the string of losses, the Owls are feeling enthusiastic about the current season. “I am feeling very hopeful about our team this season. We have a ton of young talent and a great new coaching staff that is pushing us in the right direction,” Lindsey Abramson ’24, who leads the team in kills with 62, wrote in an email to the Collegian.
This weekend, Kenyon will travel to Hanover, Indiana, where the Owls will partake in the Hanover College Invite.