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LWC Volleyball splits matches at Vette City Classic

By Christopher Coombs

Bowling Green, KY - The Lindsey Wilson volleyball team split their opening matches at the Vette City Classic on Friday afternoon. LWC dropped their opener 3-1 to William Carey (MS) before bouncing back with a 3-1 victory over Blue Mountain (MS).

Camryn Rich led the Lindsey Wilson effort recording two double-doubles to open her 2022 campaign. The senior setter opened her day with a 42 assist and 17 dig performance against William Carey before dropping a 33 assist and 12 dig mark against Blue Mountain.

Alexis Smith managed 14 kills across the two matches to record her 1,000th career kill. She currently sits seventh all-time in the program's history with 1,003 total kills.

Lindsey Wilson (1-1) vs. William Carey (2-0): 1-3(21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 21-25)
The service line proved to be the difference in the Blue Raiders' season-opening contest. Miscues and sloppy play on their opening hits plagued their effort in the match. Lindsey Wilson finished with just for services aces while conceding 12 service errors. Their counterparts exposed Lindsey Wilson's defense with 10 service aces.

The Crusaders led the match with 55 kills to Lindsey Wilson's 51 and held a slightly better hitting percentage at .217 percent to the Blue Raiders' mark of .211. Three Blue Raiders finished the match with double-digit kills, led by Savanah Pippin with 15 as Madison Bidwell and Alix Stoermer tallied 11.

Rich was the facilitator with a match-high 42 assists, adding a team-leading 17 digs. Natalie Ackermann and Aleksandra Wyrzowskia produced 16 and 13 digs, respectfully.

Lindsey Wilson vs. Blue Mountain (1-1): 3-1 (25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22)
Lindsey Wilson rebounded in their second match with a 3-1 win over Blue Mountain. Lindsey Wilson made use of a .266 hitting percentage and 51 kills to the Toppers' .123 hitting percentage and 47 kills to secure their first win of the season.

Stoermer set the pace racking up 13 kills as Pippen added 12. Rich finished the match with 33 assists and 12 digs while Ackermann led the team with 14 digs.

LWC rolled in the opening set, producing a .364 hitting percentage as Bidwell and Stoermer produced four kills a piece, which accounted for eight of the LWC's 10 kills. The defensive effort forced Blue Mountain into seven hitting errors and just a .032 hitting percentage.

The Blue Raiders trailed only once in the set, a 1-0 Toppers advantage, and would take an 11-point lead on three separate occasions on their way to an easy 25-14 first set win.

Lindsey Wilson never trailed in the second set, jumping out to a comfortable 11-5 lead. Blue Mountain tallied four straight points to trim their deficit to two but LWC rallied, pushing their lead to as many as nine points at 21-12 before ultimately taking the set 25-18.

The third set was a dual featuring 16 ties and 10 lead changes which saw Lindsey Wilson pull ahead late in the action at 21-19. Leading by two points, Lindsey Wilson faltered as the Toppers gained back momentum with five straight points. The surge gave Blue Mountain the largest lead of the set, to a 24-21 lead. Blue Mountain claimed the set 25-23.

The fourth set was another back and forth affair, resulting in a deadlocked at 22. Lindsey Wilson scored the final three points of the set, matching their largest lead, to take the match 3-1 with a 25-22 win.

The Blue Raiders made use of a match-high .357 set hitting percentage and 17 kills in the set to pick up the decisive point.

Lindsey Wilson returns to the floor on Saturday when they compete on day two of the Vette City Classic. The Blue Raiders will take on Point (Ga.) and Tennessee Wesleyan at 2 and 7 p.m. CT, respectfully.

This story was posted on 2022-08-20 09:20:11
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