Friday, September 12, 2014


     The Patriot volleyball team (12-4, 1-1 MSC) traveled to Spalding University (1-9, 0-0 SLIAC) on Thursday night.

     Spalding University is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Patriots struggled without their setter Jordan Strickland (Lexington, Ky.) who was out with an injury. The Patriots had to battle back after being down 2-0 to the Golden Eagles, as the Patriots won the match 3-2 (24-26, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-11).

     The Patriots started quick as they jumped on the Golden Eagles 18-11 in the first set, but the Golden Eagles rallied back as they pulled to within one at 18-17. The Patriots were able to fight off one set point at 23-24, but after back to back kills by the Golden Eagles they took the first set 26-24.

     The Golden Eagles picked up where they left off in the first set as they took an early 4-0 lead on the Patriots in the second set. Then at 14-10 in favor of the Golden Eagles the Patriots ran off four in a row to tie at 14-14. The Golden Eagles then answered and ran off five in a row to pull ahead at 19-14. The Patriots were able to rally back and take the lead at 23-22, but after a kill and a couple of costly Patriot errors the Golden Eagles won the second set 25-23.

     In the third set neither team was able to take advantage as they battled back and forth. With the Patriots down 18-19 they were able to score four in a row to pull ahead at 22-19, but the Golden Eagles wouldn’t quit as they tied it back up at 22. But the Patriots wouldn’t be denied as they got back to back kills from Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) and an error on the Golden Eagles to win the third set 25-22.

     Early on in the fourth set the Patriots jumped ahead at 9-3, but the Golden Eagles answered right back to tie it up at 10-10. With things tied up at 18-18, the Patriots were able to close out the fourth set on a 7-1 run as they took the set 25-19. With the match tied at 2 apiece, things went to an all-important fifth set. The Patriots were able to do what they did in the previous set, take an early lead. The Patriots did just that as they went ahead 8-2. The Golden Eagles never were able to recovery as the Patriots ended the fifth set on a 4-0 run, giving the Patriots the match 3-2.

     The Patriot hitters were led by Rebecca Just who tallied 11 kills and hit .233. Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) pitched in 10 kills and led the team in hitting at .409. Jodie Klein (Louisville, Ky.) led the Patriots in digs at 31. The Patriots also hosted a block party in the match as they had a team total of 18 blocks. Casey Stone (Louisville, Ky.) hit .273, had 34 assists, 10 digs and pitched in five block assist.

     The Patriots will be back in action on Friday, September 12 as they battle Indiana University Southeast in their home opener at 7 PM.