VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Women's Volleyball) – On the opening day of play in the 2017 United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Volleyball Tournament, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women's volleyball team stormed into the Virginia Beach Field House and came away with two wins.
In the first pool play match of the day, SMWC soundly defeated Johnson & Wales in two sets with scores of 25-14 and 25-11. The dynamic duo of Monica Mack and McKenzi Kumpf led the way for the Pomeroys in kills with seven and six, respectively. Mack also tallied the most blocks with three while Kumpf finished with one. Freshman Katelyn Cotter made her debut on the Nationals stage with team high 16 assists.
Collectively, the team finished the match with 22 kills, 20 assists, and ten digs.
The Wildcats were led by Johmillet Barrios with six kills and Moana Reid with eight assists. Reid and Kendall Watson accounted for two digs each.
As a team, JWU – Charlotte ended the contest with 13 kills, 11 assists, and eight digs.
Against the University of Cincinnati-Clermont, the Pomeroy put down the Cougars with scores of 25-18 and 25-16.
Mack and Gabriella Slagle were the kill leaders for the match with eight and six, respectively. The assist leader was Cotter with 23. Defensively, Madeline Howes kept SMWC in the match with seven digs. Kumpf accounted for six digs.
Together, the team combined for 26 kills, 25 assists, and 26 digs.
The Cougars were led by Amber Lawrence with six kills and Rebecca West with five. Zoe England kept the table set with 13 assists while Kelsie Holland led the defense with five digs. West recorded one block.
Collectively, UC-C finished the match with 19 kills and 15 assists.
The Pomeroys will continue pool play in the USCAA National Volleyball Tournament tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. against Penn State-Fayette and at 3:30 p.m. against Florida College. Friday at 5 p.m. also marks the beginning of single elimination play in the tournament.
For more information, links to watch, and statistics for the USCAA National Volleyball Tournament, please visit www.uscaafallchampionships.com.