Women’s volleyball off to 4-0 start

Women’s volleyball off to 4-0 start

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Adrian women's volleyball team (4-0, 0-0) captured two more matches Saturday afternoon to go undefeated in the Battlefield Classic. Just as in Friday's competition, the team took seven of eight total sets by sweeping their earlier opponent and then rallying with three-straight come from behind set wins in the latter matchup. First, Adrian swept PSU-Harrisburg (25-10, 25-17, 25-8) behind team totals of 18 aces, 36 digs and 31 kills, and then rallied against Rutgers-Camden (21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 27-25) in their second contest of the afternoon with team totals of 13 aces, 60 digs and 36 kills. Freshman Jordan Brisson (Waterford, Mich.) was selected to the Battlefield Classic All-Tournament Team.

Against PSU-Harrisburg, Brisson led the team in kills (10), digs (7) and aces (4), while junior Carly Tyson (Big Rapids, Mich.) led in assists with 15 (29 total in both games).  Junior Emily Ribant (Flushing, Mich.) and senior Ashley Vernier (Woodhaven, Mich.) each registered 6 digs, while freshman Makahla Jacobs (Toledo, Ohio) and junior Ellie Mindick (Northville, Mich.) recorded six and five kills, respectively.

Against Rutgers-Camden, Brisson finished  one kill behind Jacobs and Mindick with eight, and two digs behind Ribant with 12. Senior Kristy DeClercq (Livonia, Mich.) played solid leading the team with 15 assists while adding 10 digs. Junior Casey Donovan (Lapeer, Mich.) and senior Stephanie Holloman (Southfield, Mich.), who had six block assists, earned high praise from Kwan for their performances. "Donovan came off the bench to help stabilize our passing and defense at key points, while Holloman added some key blocks and transition points."

Coach Kwan liked his team's performance and also credited Rutgers-Camden. "I'm really proud of how the girls reacted to this challenge. Rutgers-Camden were a bigger team and very scrappy defensively. They really challenged our patience and resolve as a team. Our blockers had some difficulty adjusting to their transition offense, but it was still a good team effort, none the less."

The team now prepares itself for a home conference match against perennial powerhouse Calvin College, Tuesday Sept. 4th at 6:30 p.m.

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