BEREA, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team hit the hardwood this weekend for two matches and came away with two hard fought wins. The Cougars defeated Tennessee Wesleyan and Berea College to improve their record to 4-0.
Both matches were held at on the campus of Berea College. IU Kokomo defeated Tennessee Wesleyan in five back and forth sets (21-25, 25-13, 27-25, 22-25, 15-6) to start the day. Freshman Micayla Speidel lead the Cougars with 21 kills. Freshman Kaitlyn Emery dished out 50 assists and Kaley Harness had four aces. Coach Heather Hayes was very pleased with how her team performed,
“I was again impressed with the fight and determination our team plays with,” Hayes said. “We were in a few very tough situations, but we dug deep and really fought to maintain composure and rally.”
In the second match of the day IU Kokomo defeated host Berea College in four sets (21-25, 25-20, 25-11, 30-28). The highlight of the match was the clinching fourth set that saw the team’s trade points until the Cougars were able to secure the win. Captain Lael Burrus set the tone with her defense, accumulating 16 digs. After having a negative hitting percentage for the first set, the offense was able to get things going for the rest of the match by hitting .229 for the final 3 sets. Hayes was pleased to get the win, but knows there is room for improvement.
“We give away too many free points with unforced errors but I believe we will find consistency as the season progresses,” Hayes said.
The Cougars will be back in action on Thursday, August 29 at 4:00 p.m. against Point Park University. For more information on IU Kokomo Athletics contact Tyler McClure and firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our website (IUKcougars.com), or follow us on Twitter @IUKathletics.
(Courtesy of IU Kokomo)