The Westminster volleyball team snapped an 11 year, 21 game losing streak to Webster University with a 3-0 win on Saturday morning. The Blue Jays then faced Greenville College at 4:00 p.m. and fell 3-1. The Greenville loss snapped the Westminster Blue Jays 6-0 conference win streak, and brought the Blue Jays to 7-8 overall.
To start the first set against Webster, the Blue Jays went up 10-5. With errors by the Blue Jays, Webster took the 14-13 lead. Sophomore Gabby LaRose put down a kill to tie the game up at 14. The lead continued to change until four kills by four different Blue Jays gave Westminster the 21-19 advantage. A kill by sophomore Mallory Hubbard put an end to the first set with a 25-22 win.
Webster pulled a 7-3 lead over the Blue Jays in set two. Two Webster errors, a block by sophomores Riley Lawrenceand Amanda Kiso, and two kills by Lawrence brought the game to 10-10. The Blue Jays pulled a four point lead, and with the score 18-16, the Blue Jays pushed to win it. A kill by junior Lexi Collier put the ball back in Westminster's hand, and two kills by Lawrence gave the Blue Jays the 21-16 lead before Webster called a timeout. The Blue Jays came out of the timeout and hit a 4-1 run, with a LaRose kill ending the set 25-17. The Blue Jays hit .306 on the set, committing only three errors on 36 attempts with 14 kills.
Set three was a back-and-forth set, with Webster battling to stay in the match. A kill by Kiso put the Blue Jays up 16-13, but Webster followed with a 4-0 run. A Blue Jay error brought the game to 23-20 with Webster serving. Kiso and Lawrence blocked the ball, followed by a Kiso kill to bring the game to 23-22, Webster. An attack error by the Blue Jays gave Webster the 24-22 lead. Webster served game point, but Kiso put down a kill, and then Kiso and LaRose blocked Webster's attack to tie the game at 24-24. An ace by Lawrence put the Blue Jays up 25-24, but Webster tied it back up. A kill by freshman Hannah Marshall gave the Blue Jays the 26-25 lead, and a kill by Collier put an end to the set. The 27-25 set three win gave the Blue Jays the 3-0 match win over Webster.
Lawrence led the Blue Jays with 14 kills, followed by Collier with 10. Sophomore setter Kayla Reeg had 40 assists on the match. Junior libero Caroline Will had 22 digs. Kiso had two block solos and five block assists.
The Blue Jays took a four hour break before hitting the court again.
Greenville shut down the Blue Jays in set one, taking a 25-11 win. The Blue Jays lost set two 25-22, but came back to win set three 27-25 to hold on. Greenville came back in set four to win 27-25, taking the 3-1 win.
Collier hit .474 on the match with 12 kills on 19 attempts. Reeg tallied 40 assists and 15 digs. Will led the Blue Jays with 21 digs, and Kiso led with 5 block assists.
The Blue Jays travel to Eureka, IL on Friday, October 3, to take on Eureka College. They take on Eureka at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by a tri at Eureka on Saturday.