SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. (Women's Volleyball) – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Pomeroy volleyball team (4-4) kicked off its annual SMWC Classic presented by Dorsett Automotive on Friday afternoon. SMWC faced two tough opponents in Florida College and West Virginia Institute of Technology.
Against the Falcons of Florida College, the Pomeroys were pushed to the brink in five sets but stood the test and took the match with set scores of 25-22, 25-22, (16-25), (17-25), and 15-11.
In the first match of the day, SMWC was led by McKenzi Kumpf with 15 kills and Monica Mack 14 kills. Katelyn Cotter kept the table set with 40 assists. The defense was led by Pamela Dorman with 24 digs. At the net, Gabriella Slagle racked up three solo blocks while Mack recorded two.
As a team, SMWC finished the match with 62 digs, 46 kills, and 44 assists.
For the Florida College, Rachel Tharp led the way with 20 kills. She was followed by Victoria Truehart with 18 kills and Abigail Hodges with 17. The assist leader was Baylee Gunter with 56. Elisa Lemerond led the defense with 19 digs.
Collectively, the Falcons ended the match with 74 digs, 71 kills and 66 assists.
In SMWC's last match of the day, the Pomeroys put up a fight but were defeated by West Virginia Tech in three sets with scores of 25-15, 25-22, and 25-19.
Kumpf led the team with 12 kills. Cotter recorded 22 assists while Dorman led the defense with 16 digs.
The Pomeroys finished the night with 34 kills, 31 assists, and 40 digs.
Bailey Lotozo was the kill leader for West Virginia Tech with 20. Konstantina Pateli led the team in assists with 40. The defensive leader was Sawyer Hawgood with 22 digs.
As a team, the Golden Bears ended the night with 49 kills, 47 assists, and 48 digs.
SMWC will resume play on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Florida National and will close out the SMWC Classic at 3 p.m. against Illinois Tech.