GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Head coach David Kwan's coaching debut was impressive. The Adrian women's volleyball team captured two matches (3-0, 3-1) Friday by sweeping Mount St. Mary's (25-14, 25-20, 25-20) in the first match and coming from behind in the latter match to win the last three sets against PSU-Altoona (21-25, 25-17, 28-26, 25-10) in the Battlefield Classic in Gettysburg, Pa.
"I couldn't have imagined a better start to the year! It was about taking care of our side of the court. I think we did that very well," said coach Kwan. "We made mistakes, but stuck to our game plan by pushing our philosophy of a faster tempo, good defensive team."
Against Mount St. Mary's, the team recorded nine aces, 63 digs and 42 kills. Individually, the team was led offensively by junior Carly Tyson (Big Rapids, Mich.) with 11 assists and senior Kristy DeClercq (Livonia, Mich.) with 10 assists. Junior Ellie Mindick (Northville, Mich.) led the team in kills with 12, followed by freshman Jordan Brisson (Waterford, Mich.) with nine, and freshman Makahla Jacobs (Toledo, Ohio) with eight. Defensively, Mindick had 14 digs, while sophomore Andrea Phillips (Farmington Hills, Mich.) had two solo blocks and Jacobs recorded four block assists.
Against PSU-Altoona, the team registered 83 digs and 55 kills, with Mindick leading the team in both categories with 21 and 12, respectively. "Mindick played a key role both offensively and defensively. She made good adjustments to implementing our faster sets and controlled the middle well," said coach Kwan. "Phillips and Ribant also had noteworthy performances. Ribant played some solid defense as our starting libero, while Phillips added some solid blocks and transition points."
Junior Emily Ribant (Flushing, Mich.) added 20 digs, while Brisson and Jacobs added 11 kills each. Sophomore Linnea Berriman (Lake Orion, Mich.) had two solo blocks, and senior Stephanie Holloman (Southfield, Mich.) and Jacobs recorded four block assists each. Leading the way up front was DeClercq with 21 assists followed by Tyson with 18.
Coach Kwan was content in the team's transformation from last season. "I find that our players are buying into this new system and style of play. It seems to fit them well, especially being an undersized team and all."
The team will resume play later this afternoon with two more matches with the first coming at noon against PSU Harrisburg and the final matchup at 2 p.m. against Rutgers-Camden.