Cincinnati, OH- The volleyball team played their first of three games this evening at the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament, hosted by Mount St. Joseph University. The team took on the Quakers of Wilmington College.
Alexandra Wilkins opened the match with a service ace before a kill from Katherine Gonterman gave Berea a 2-1 advantage in the early minutes. The lead for the Mountaineers soon turned into a deficit as the Quakers scored three straight points to move ahead 4-2 as Wilmington held tight leads over the next couple of minutes. A service ace by Kristin Barnes tied the score 10-10, but the Quakers turned the momentum in their favor and overtook the match, taking the first set 25-20.
The second set saw a back and forth affair between the two teams until a three point streak by Berea broke a tie and pushed the Mountaineers ahead 11-8. The lead stayed in Berea's favor until Wilmington went on a run of seven of eight points to go out in front 20-16. A kill by Barnes brought the Mountaineers back within two points of the lead before the Quakers scored three straight points to win the second set 25-20.
Another service ace from Wilkins to open the third set along with a kill from Barnes, who finished with a game-high 12 kills, aided Berea in taking a 2-1 advantage. Even though Wilmington took over the lead, the Mountaineers kept the set close as another Barnes kill tied the game at 10 each. Four straight points by the Quakers were answered by four straight points from Berea to keep the game tied, 14-14. Isis Hill's kill along with a Barnes kill gave the Mountaineers an 18-16 advantage before six straight points from Wilmington gave them a 22-18 lead. Berea tried to come back to extend the match, pulling to within one point of the lead twice in the final moments of the match but were unable to get the push they needed, falling in the third set 25-23.
Barnes finished with a volleyball double-double of 12 kills and 12 digs. Wilkins finished with 20 assists and three services aces to aid the offense. Destiney Balser also finished the match with 12 digs on the defensive end.
The team returns to the court with two more matches to conclude the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament tomorrow. Their first game will be against Cincinnati Christian University at 11:00 AM while their second game comes against the host, Mount St. Joseph University. Live stats for the 2:00 PM match against the host can be viewed here.