Monday, September 8, 2014


      The Patriots volleyball team (11-3, 1-0 MSC) hit the road as they competed in the Rumpke Invitational hosted by Georgetown College. They went 2-2 over the course of the two day invitational as they faced stiff competition throughout the weekend.

     In their first game on Friday the Patriots took on Marian University (3-7, 0-1 Crossroads) from Indiana. The Patriots took the first set from the Knights 25-19 and didn’t look back from there as they swept the Knights 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-21). The Patriots were led by one of their senior leaders, Cat Hall (Louisville, Ky.) who tallied 10 kills. Right behind her was junior Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) who had nine kills and hit .346. But Shauna Stone led the Patriots in hitting percentage as she hit a staggering .357. Jordan Strickland (Lexington, Ky.) led Patriot setters as she tallied 30 assists, she also accounted for three aces, 13 digs, and six block assists. The Patriots also hosted a block party this game as they tallied 14 total blocks as a team.
     In their second game on Friday the Patriots faced off against the Lancers of Grace College (10-3, 1-0 Crossroads) also located in Indiana. The Lancers took the first set 25-20, but the Patriots would take the next two at 25-12, 25-21. The Lancers would storm back and take sets four and five 25-19, and 15-13, thus handing the Patriots their second loss of the season. The Patriot hitters were led by Rebecca Just who had 19 kills and hit .543 for the match. Cat Hall followed up her strong performance against Marian with 10 kills against the Lancers. Jodie Klein (Louisville, Ky.) led the Patriots with 24 digs in the match. Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) led all Patriot blockers as she accounted for five of her team’s 14 blocks. The Patriots out hit the Lancers as they .338 and .170 respectively.
     In the Patriots first game on Saturday they faced a familiar opponent, Bryan College (5-3, 0-0 AAC) out of Tennessee. The two faced off on August 29 as they met in the Embry-Riddle Labor Day Tournament. The Patriots got the best of the Lions then as the Patriots won 3-1. But Saturday proved to be a different story. The Patriots took the first set from the Lions 25-23, but the Lions stormed back and took the next three sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-23) to win the match 3-1. Casey Stone (Princeton, Ky.) led all Patriot hitters with 14 kills and a hitting percentage of .542 for the match. Rebecca Just continued her strong play as she tallied13 kills. Jordan Strickland and Allie Southard both tallied four blocks apiece. Strickland also had 39 assists and three aces.

     In their final game of the Rumpke Invitational the Patriots faced off against Olivet Nazarene University (1-11, 0-0 CCAC). The Patriots dominated the first two sets winning 25-7 and 25-13. The Tigers came back and took the third set 25-22, but the Patriots got back on track as they took the fourth set 25-17 and the match 3-1. Rebecca Just led the Patriot hitters tallying 22 kills and hitting .404. Cat Hall also pitched in with 10 kills. The Patriots as a team had four players get double-digit digs, Jodie Klein with 22, Jessie Stone (Princeton, Ky.) had 20, Lauren Bowling (Florence, Ky.) pitched in with 13 and Jordan Strickland tallied 10. The Patriots as a team had 52 kills and hit .369, much different from the Tigers as they had 30 kills and hit .025.

     The Patriots had two players earn all-tournament team for the Rumpke Invitational, Rebecca Just and Jordan Strickland. Head Coach Jason McDannold had this to say about Rebecca and Jordan: “Rebecca had a remarkable weekend and Jordan played consistent throughout. I am proud of them both and their performances were noticed by the other coaches.”

     The Patriots will hit the road for their next game as they play Mid-South Conference rival Georgetown College on September 9 at 7 PM in a big conference match.