ATCHISON—It was a banner day for the McPherson College volleyball team at Nolan Gymnasium in Atchison as the Bulldogs went 2-0 in a triangular hosted by Benedictine College and against stiff competition to bring their record to 7-6.
The first game of the day was against the Ravens. The Bulldogs got off to a fast start and never relented, winning the match in four sets 25-23, 25-21, 18-25, and 25-16. The Mac ladies were strong in service, but even stronger in kills, racking up 53 total to Benedictine's 47. Sydney Burton's performance was particularly remarkable as she tallied 16 kills on her own and ended with a kill percentage of .412. Jamie Siess also had a strong match with five service aces and 22 digs.
Other statistical leaders:
Aces: Jamie Siess – 5
Assists: Skylar Lane – 22
Blocks: Maddy Woog – 1
Digs: Siess –22
Kills: Sydney Burton– 16
The second match of the day was an absolute show of dominance by the Bulldogs as they dispatched the seventh ranked Grand View University Vikings. in three sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-23.) The story in this one was the finishing of Alicia Hall as she spiked down 10 kills for a percentage of .389. The Bulldogs overall actually had less kills overall than the Vikings but had nine fewer errors. Nearly flawless serving carried the day for the Bulldogs as they only recorded two serving errors.
Top performers were:
Aces: 4 tied with 1, Riley Bradbury, Siess, Kaityln Heinis , Lane
Assists: Kaitlyn Heinis – 17
Digs: Siess – 17
Kills: Alicia Hall – 10
The Bulldogs are back in action Wednesday, Sept.18 as they open up conference play on the road against Bethel College at 7 pm.