Stars Take Set From CMU at Central Methodist Triangular
Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 30, 2017
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William Penn (Iowa)2525253
Stephens (Mo.)2221180
William Penn (Iowa)Indv. LeadersStephens (Mo.)
#26 Nashali Cruz - 9Kills #9 Danielle Kirk - 13
#23 Nesreen Iskandrani - 5Blocks 4 Players - 1
#7 Ashley Miller - 24Digs #11 Halan Mann - 18
3 Players - 1Aces #8 Danielle Craven - 2
William Penn (Iowa)Team StatisticsStephens (Mo.)
0.165Hitting %: 0.039
10.0Blocks: 2.0
64Digs: 55
3Aces: 5
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Stephens (Mo.) (1-13)291714181
Central Methodist (Mo.) (9-8)272525253
Fayette, MO
Stephens (Mo.)Indv. LeadersCentral Methodist (Mo.)
2 Players (#9,#17) - 14Kills #21 Darcy Latham - 21
2 Players (#9,#13) - 2Blocks #11 Madison Bond - 7
#16 Tylar Grant - 13Digs 2 Players (#5,#21) - 11
#9 Danielle Kirk - 1Aces 2 Players (#7,#21) - 2
Stephens (Mo.)Team StatisticsCentral Methodist (Mo.)
0.123Hitting %: 0.393
3.0Blocks: 12.0
47Digs: 52
1Aces: 6

FAYETTE, Mo. – The Stephens College volleyball team faced William Penn and host Central Methodist in a triangular held on the campus of Central Methodist Saturday afternoon. The Stars fell 3-0 to William Penn to start the day, but took set one from CMU. CMU then closed out the match with three set wins to take a 3-1 victory over the Stars.

William Penn defeats Stephens, 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-18)

The Stars rallied a 7-2 push to come back into set one after falling early in the set with kills coming from Tylar Grant, Danielle Kirk and Danielle Craven. The Stars remained within four points throughout the set and a 3-0 run aided by Grant's service ace and Kirk's kill put the Stars within one, 20-19. A kill by Kirk, followed by a Craven service ace, tied the set for the first time since the beginning of the set, 22-22, but WPU returned with a 3-0 run to end the set 25-22.

The Stars had another slow start in set two, but made a strong 7-1 late game run to cut the set to three, 19-16. The run was filled with kills from Grant and Shelby Johnson and an ace from Suhey Campos. Two kills from Kirk and a chip from Craven put the set within two, 21-19, but WPU closed out the set with a 4-2 run.

Set three was very back-and-forth as the Stars started out with a 4-0 run, but WPU answered with a 5-0 run to take a 5-4 lead. The Stars then pushed a 6-0 run to steal the lead and the team held it until WPU found an 8-1 run. WPU held the lead throughout the rest of the set and ended the match with a 25-18 set three win.

The Stars struggled on the attack in the three-set match as their errors were prominent.

Danielle Kirk led the team with 13 kills. Danielle Craven assisted 29 of the team's kills, and Halan Mann led the team with 18 digs.


Central Methodist defeats Stephens, 3-1 (27-29, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18)

Facing a bench heavy lineup in set one, the Stars took an early 4-1 lead and held on to it for all but one point. Late in the set, CMU tied it up twice, 20-20 and 22-22, but Johnson delivered each time with a kill. CMU scored two consecutive points to take their first lead (26-25), but committed an attack error to tie the set, 26-26. Johnson once again put the Stars in a strong position to succeed, knocking down her sixth kill to bring it to set point, 28-27. CMU committed a ball handling error to end the set with a 29-27 victory.

Johnson hit .625 in the set (6-1-8) while Kirk and Grant each contributed five kills apiece to outhit CMU 17-14.

The Stars again pushed out a 4-1 lead in set two, but CMU answered with a 6-1 run to take the lead. With their starters back in place, CMU followed with a 10-3 run to take an 18-11 lead and closed out the set 25-17.

The Stars struggled with errors in sets three and four against an almost perfect CMU attack, leading to their 3-1 loss.

Jonhson hit .360 in the four-set match while tying for a team-high 14 kills. Kirk also fired down 14 kills while assisting in two blocks.

Craven assisted in 42 of the team's kills and was second on the team with 11 digs. Grant led with 13 digs.


The Stars return to conference play on Tuesday, October 3, with an away match at Harris-Stowe State University. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Record: 2-18 Home: 1-7 Away: 1-9 Neutral: 0-2 AMC: 2-7