CARLINVILLE, Ill. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women's volleyball team opened up the 2019 season with a victory against Blackburn College. The Woods swept the Beavers 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 30-28) behind killer performances by returner Riley Kinney and freshman Jaelyn Fennell.
- Freshman Jaelyn Fennell finished with nine kills in her collegiate debut for the Pomeroys
- Riley Kinney has not skipped a beat; the sophomore picked up nine kills
- Katelyn Cotter tallied a whopping 82 assists
By the Numbers
- SMWC outscored the Beavers 81-to-67 in the three sets
- The Pomeroys concluded the match with a .178 kill percentage
- Throughout the contest, there were 20 tied scores and 13 lead changes
Quote | Sean McMorrow
"We are excited to open the season with a win against a much improved Blackburn team. The first thing we are looking at this year is how to replace the three All-Americans that graduated last season. We have an excellent group of athletes that are ready to step in and replace the 750 points scored by those seniors. We started very slowly while our talented but inexperienced team struggled to adjust to the heat in the gym."
"Our court leader and player of the game, Katie Cotter, helped turn the tide. After falling behind 13-1, we talked during a timeout, about the advantage we hold in certain matchups. After a couple of kills by Lex Woodburn, Cotter executed a nine-point run from the service line, bringing the score to 19-20. The team never looked back. After winning set 1 by the score of 26-24, we then went into the second set confident in our abilities and won 25-15. We played with the lineup a little bit for game 3 but rode the confidence level to a match victory @ 30-28. We took advantage of the opportunity to get a couple of kids some pressure-time experience that will hopefully help us down the line."
The women's volleyball team will play in its home opener against Indiana University-Southeast on Tuesday, September 3rd. First serve is at 7:00 p.m. ET. The first 15 fans will receive a $5.00 DoorDash coupon!!!
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