KWU Women’s Volleyball Makes it 12 Straight, Downing Eagles in Straight Sets

KWU Women’s Volleyball Makes it 12 Straight, Downing Eagles in Straight Sets

Kansas Wesleyan Women's Volleyball keeps on rolling on. The Coyotes posted their 12th consecutive win on Friday night, dispatching the Avila University Eagles in straight sets 25-22, 25-13, 25-15 inside Mabee Arena.

The Coyotes improved to 18-7 overall, 6-0 in the KCAC with the win, heading into next Saturday's match at Oklahoma Wesleyan in Bartlesville.

Wesleyan struggled out of the gates in the first set, falling behind 6-3 in the opening stanza. The Coyotes got within a point several times before finally turning the tide the right shade of purple midway through the set. Trailing 11-9, the Coyotes used a Avila service error, and then kills by Josie Deckinger, Rylee Serpan and a Sarah Girard service ace to give KWU a 13-11 lead in the set.

The Coyotes made it a 7-1 run with three more points after Avila scored, and extended the lead to 16-12. The Coyotes pulled out to a 23-18 lead on a kill by freshman star Gianna Adriaanse before Avila came back and scored three straight to make it 23-21. A Serpan kill stopped the Avila run, and two points later Adriaanse ended the set with a kill for the 25-22 win.

The second set bounced back and forth to start as both teams led. KWU led 9-7 on a Deckinger sneaky kill, but Avila came back and took an 11-10 lead in the set. Avila led 12-11, before the Coyotes rattled off three straight to make it 14-12 capped by a Kyla Moore kill and force an Avila timeout. The Eagles got a point out of the timeout, but that was the last time they'd score in the set.

A Serpan kill started an 11-0 Coyote run to end the set and give the Coyotes a 25-13 win.

Wesleyan scored the first three points of the third set, taking the overall scoring run out to 14-0 before Avila got on the board. The Eagles were within two points at 7-5 when the Coyotes took control again. A kill by Kylee Harris sparked a 7-0 run by the Coyotes making it 14-5 after back-to-back service aces by Deckinger.

Leading 15-8, the Coyotes scored three more in a row capped by a service ace by Sarah Girard that made it 18-8. Moore's kill made it 23-13 as the teams traded points to the end as Harris' kill capped the match.

Serpan had 14 kills to lead the Coyotes, while Harris added nine, Morre and Adriaanse had seven each. Moore hit .778 in the match as the Coyotes hit .322 as a team. Deckinger handed out 36 assists, keeping with the dozen theme of the night, averaging 12 per set. The Coyotes had six service aces, two by Girard and two by Deckinger. Kelcey Hund had 12 digs, while Serpan had nine and Deckinger seven. Girard and Serpan had two block assists each.

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