The William Penn volleyball program is starting to see signs that all of its hard work is paying off after going 3-1 at the Knox Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Statesmen (5-7) opened with a 3-1 win on Friday over host Knox (25-15, 25-13, 20-25, 25-17) and then later knocked off Principia (Ill.) 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 27-25, 25-22). On Saturday, the navy and gold rolled over another opponent with a 3-0 sweep of MacMurray (Ill.) (25-19, 25-18, 25-18) before falling to Coe 3-1 (19-25, 17-25, 25-23, 22-25) to end the weekend.
William Penn 3, Knox 1
Kristal Campos led all players with 15 kills, while Jeanette Cunningham returned to action in a strong way by also posting double figures in kills (10). Kylie Giger and Alanna Connors each finished with seven kills, and Shawni Wills added six.
William Penn outhit Knox .211-.032, highlighted by a .370 clip in the second set.
Dayna Sammons assisted on 22 winners, while Leyra Jusino produced 19 times.
Danielle Breeher managed 19 digs and three aces, and Giger blocked three attempts (all solos).
William Penn 3, Principia 1
Campos, with 18, and Cunningham, with 10, again reached double-digit kills, while Giger contributed six. Sammons posted 40 assists and 21 digs, and Sarah Stepp served up five aces.
Cunningham was a monster at the defensive net with six blocks (all solos).
William Penn 3, MacMurray 0
Giger’s 10 kills topped her squad, while Wills tacked on seven more. A total of 20 assists were credited to Sammons.
Coe 3, William Penn 1
Campos guided the offense for the third time on the weekend with 15 kills, and Wills complemented her with seven winners.
Sammons ended the weekend with a 31-assist showing, while Breeher dug 19 attack attempts.
"We received some more solid tournament experience this weekend," Head Coach Jennifer Carlson said. "We tried out a new lineup and saw some good things. There are still a couple more things to fine-tune, but we are coming along."
“We worked really well together as a team and played well for the first three matches,” Carlson added. “Unfortunately, against Coe, we got ourselves into a little bit of a hole. We fought back, but just did not have enough in the tank to come back from two sets down.”
William Penn will travel to Pella for its first non-tournament match of the year, facing Central in non-conference play at 7:30 p.m.