SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Statesmen women's volleyball team opened up conference play versus Evangel on Friday as part of three matches over the weekend. Also on the schedule for Saturday was a doubleheader against Central Baptist and the Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.
The Statesmen went 2-1 over the weekend, dropping their first conference match of the 2020 season on Friday before taking both contests the next day.
EU 3, WPU 0
The ladies competed closely, but ultimately lost in straight sets to the Crusaders with scores of 24-26, 21-25, and 23-25.
Corrin Lepper (Jr., Jefferson City, Mo., Exercise Science) showed no signs of slowing down after her big opening weekend. She paced the navy and gold with 12 kills on a .333 hitting percentage, and added six digs as well.
Mikaila Winward (Fr., St. Louis Park, Mo., Psychology) operated as the primary setter in this one, earning 18 of the team's 23 assists.
Cameryn Campbell (Sr., Jefferson City, Mo., Elementary Education) and Tori Martin (Fr., Jefferson City, Mo., Elementary Education) led the defensive effort with 14 and 12 digs, respectively.
WPU 3, CBC 0
The Statesmen came roaring back to life to open play on Saturday. They steamrolled to their fourth win of the year in three nearly identical sets of 25-13, 25-13, and 25-15.
The team had a very balanced attack in this one. Four different players recorded seven or more kills: Peyton Foster (Jr., Graham, Wash., Business Management), Lepper, Alyssa Young (So., Winter Springs, Fla., Biology), and Kianna Childers (Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, Psychology).
Winward and Annalise Whitcomb (Sr., Humboldt, Kan., General Accounting) split the setting duties evenly in this one, with each earning 15 assists.
Campbell and Martin once again led the back row. Campbell led the way with 24 digs and Martin had the second-highest total of 14.
WPU 3, HSPS 0
The Statesmen closed out the weekend strong with another win against the Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis in straight sets, winning with scores of 25-21, 25-19, and 25-20. The 5-2 record represents coach Cleaver's best through seven games in her tenure as head coach.
The attack was once again led by Lepper, who finished with a team-high 13 kills. Young added seven kills of her own and led the team with a .467 hitting percentage. The Statesmen as a whole saw an over 200 point decrease in their hitting percentage from .330 against CBC down to .119, but were still able to earn the victory.
Whitcomb and Winward were both heavily involved in the setting duties once again. Whitcomb led with 20 assists and Winward trailed her with 11.
Campbell had 29 digs in the match, bringing her total for the weekend to 69. The strong weekend brings Campbell's team-leading total to 168 on the year.
What's Next: Coach Cleaver's squad comes back to Oskaloosa on Tuesday for their first home conference match of the year. They will face off against the Clarke Pride, who have started their season off 0-2 so far. The match will begin at 7 pm in the PAC.