Photo By: Elissa Freemire
Photo By: Elissa Freemire
Volleyball - Wed, Oct. 11, 2017
York College
York (Neb.)212225141
Sterling (Kan.)252523253
Sterling, Kan,
York (Neb.)Indv. LeadersSterling (Kan.)
#17 Molly Little - 11Kills #18 Chelsey Riffel - 19
#7 Cassidy Wilson - 7Blocks #4 Colleen Meffert - 3
#13 Natalie Carrasco - 20Digs #8 Alexandra Reid - 21
4 Players - 1Aces 3 Players - 2
York (Neb.)Team StatisticsSterling (Kan.)
0.084Hitting %: 0.190
11.0Blocks: 5.0
56Digs: 75
4Aces: 7

STERLING, KAN. – The Sterling College Lady Warriors took on the York College Panthers for a KCAC match on Tuesday evening. Sterling found their rhythm early, taking the match 3-1 over York (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-14) for their fifth straight victory.

Set 1:

Sterling started off to a 7-3 lead after a kill by Makenzie Cork early in the opening set. York continued to battle, using a nice run of their own to tie the set at 10-10 midway in the action. The Panthers offense would spark, as York jumped ahead 17-12, but the Lady Warriors would answer behind kills from Chelsey Riffel, Colleen Meffert, and Patti Delgadillo. Key blocks from Mikaela Wells and Colleen Meffert kept Sterling in the set, as the Lady Warriors found themselves tied at 20-20 late in the set. Errors by the Panthers would give Sterling the upper hand, as an ace from Madaline Carr and a kill from Makenzie Cork would seal the set one victory for the Lady Warriors, 25-21.

Set 2:

In the second set, York would take an early 9-4 lead, but Sterling would chip away at the deficit with kills from Makenzie Cork, Chelsey Riffel, and Colleen Meffert. Sterling would get another strong block, this time from Patti Delgadillo and Lena Wedel to take an 11-10 lead midway through the set. The two teams would trade points back and forth, as neither would take more than a one point lead. Sterling finally broke away late, using an ace from Mikaela Wells, along with kills from Patti Delgadillo and Colleen Meffert to take the second set over York, 25-22.

Set 3:

Sterling and York would continue to trade points early in the third set, with Sterling holding a slight 9-8 lead. The Lady Warriors would continue to get kills from Lena Wedel, Chelsey Riffel, and Makenzie Cork, but York started to build momentum, answering back with kills of their own. Sterling would lead 22-21 late in the set, but a strong rally by the Panthers would give York the third set over Sterling, 25-23.

Set 4:

Both teams again traded points back and forth early into the fourth set, as the Lady Warriors led 8-7. Sterling would then find a surge of offense, using a 10-3 run to take a commanding 18-10 lead. Capitalizing on Panther errors, Sterling would get key kills from Lena WedelChelsey Riffel, and Patti Delgadillo to keep the momentum in favor of the Lady Warriors. York looked to make a final attempt at a comeback, but Sterling proved to be too strong late in the set, taking the fourth set over York 25-14 and the match, 3-1.

Chelsey Riffel led Sterling with 19 kills, while Makenzie Cork added 17 in the victory. Mikaela Wells had 47 assists, nine digs, and two aces for the Warriors, while Colleen Meffert finished with three blocks. Alexandra Reid finished with 21 digs and two aces, while Lexi Naegele added 10 digs. Eryn Bearden also collected two aces in the win for Sterling.

Sterling (11-9, 6-6) travels to Hutchinson, Kan. this weekend for the KCAC Fall Fling at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. On Friday, Sterling will face (RV) Ottawa at 1 p.m., followed by (RV) Kansas Wesleyan at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Sterling will play Friends at 9 a.m. and Tabor at 4 p.m.

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