Middles Lead Wilmington Volleyball to CACC Road Sweep over Concordia
VB: Wilmington 3 - Concordia 0
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - Bronxville, N.Y.
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Senior Brittany Biddle led the Wildcats with 10 kills while hitting .391, adding a solo block and a block assist in the sweep over Concordia. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Senior Katie Shorter collected nine kills with no errors while hitting .643, adding two solo and two block assists in the team's sweep over Concordia on Saturday. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Carried by the swings of the team’s middle hitters, the Wilmington University volleyball team swept its way past Concordia, 3-0, to stretch its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference win streak to five straight on Saturday afternoon at the Meyer Athletic Center.
Set scores for the match were 25-22, 25-15, and 25-18.
Senior middle hitters Brittany Biddle and Katie Shorter combined to collect 19 kills with only one error, hitting .486 in the three sets for the Wildcats (21-9, 16-2 CACC). Biddle was the lone student-athlete on Saturday to post double digit kills, as she finished with a match high 10. Shorter was right behind Biddle, collecting nine kills without committing an error on 14 swings for a .643 attack percentage.
The first set was the closest of the match, as the teams went back and forth through the first two-thirds of the game. Leading 16-15, the Wildcats scored four straight points to open the advantage to 20-15, but the Clippers (3-15, 3-15 CACC) responded with a run of their own, scoring five of the next six points to close within one at 21-20. Kills by Shorter and Hannah McQueen pushed the cushion back to 23-20 for the Wildcats, but the Clippers scored back-to-back points once again to keep it close. But a service error on Concordia and a kill by Biddle ended the set in favor of the Wildcats, 25-22.
The Wildcats carried the momentum into the second set, coming out and using the serve of Kasey Couch to put the first seven points on the board. Another three consecutive points, the final point being an ace by Kaitlin DiGiacinto, put the Wildcats ahead 15-4 in the game. The teams traded points the rest of the way before Hannah Karas was able to give the visitors a 2-0 lead with a kill, ending the set at 25-15.
Trailing 9-6 in the third set, the Wildcats scraped together seven straight points to take a 13-9 lead and never look back. Now leading 18-16, the Wildcats used kills by DiGiacinto and Biddle, as well as a solo block by Biddle to go up 21-16. Wilmington then scored four of the next six points to win the set, and the match, 25-18. Kills by Alex Siolos and Allison Briley put an end to the Clippers.
Couch led the team with 20 assists while also picking up seven digs in the win. Siolos chipped in with eight kills, 18 assists, and eight digs while Briley also added eight kills.
The Wildcats are in the driver seat to capture their second straight CACC South Division title with only one match remaining in the regular season. A win over Nyack next Saturday in the season finale will give the Wildcats the South Division’s number one seed in the upcoming CACC Tournament. Next Saturday’s match on the road is schedule to start at 1 p.m.