Section: Volleyball

Ladies volleyball finishes NCAC play at 4-4

Ladies volleyball finishes NCAC play at 4-4

Maleah Miller ’20 rises up to play the ball back across in two home losses this weekend for the Ladies. | FRANCIS BYRNE

The Kenyon volleyball team had a busy week with three games at Tomsich Arena, including two on the same day, and another game at Wittenberg. On Oct. 18, the College of Wooster traveled to Gambier for a North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) matchup. Captain Delaney Swanson ’19 kept up her dominant play this season by contributing 23 kills and three blocks, helping her team to victory.

The Ladies lost their first set 25-23, but Kenyon dominated the rest of the match by winning three consecutive sets (25-21, 25-23, 25-18) to seal a crucial conference win. Mackenzie Bruzzio ’20 played well in the victory with 11 kills, five aces and one block.

This past Saturday, the Ladies hosted a Dig Pink fundraiser, an event that provides support for people who have stage IV breast cancer, where they faced off against Hiram College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU). Kenyon came out firing, winning the first set 25-23, but fell to the Terriers in the next three sets. Swanson recorded a team high of 11 kills and 19 digs, while Katie Howard ’22 had five aces and 16 digs.

Against MVNU, the Ladies got off to a slow start, dropping the first two sets (26-28, 11-25). Kenyon fought back in the third set, winning by a score of 25-11. Unfortunately, the Ladies lost the fourth set 12-25.

Bruzzio led the team with 12 kills and two blocks, while Meghan Cason ’21 accumulated 36 assists. The Ladies fought hard, but their focus quickly changed to Wittenberg University, who stood atop the table in the NCAC standings.

Last night, the Ladies traveled to Springfield, Ohio to take on the Wittenberg Tigers. The Tigers came in with only two losses on the year, and proved a tough task, as they overcame the Ladies in three sets. This puts Kenyon’s record at 14-11 and 4-4 in the NCAC.

“They were some tough losses, but we were playing really hard, and we learn something from the losses,” Swanson said. “The team is definitely hitting its peak right now with our skills, right in time for our last two weeks and the playoffs.”

The Ladies volleyball team will travel to Defiance, Ohio to take on Defiance College and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. After those two matches, NCAC tournament play will begin on Nov. 2. 


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