By Zach Cole
KU volleyball came out of a three-game home stand over homecoming weekend with a 2-1 record, moving to 9-12 on the season. The Golden Bears faced division rivals West Chester and Millersville on Oct. 12 and 13 respectively, then a non-conference game against Cheyney on Oct. 15.
The Golden Bears defeated West Chester 3-1 in game one for the first win against the Golden Rams since 2012, snapping a streak of 11 straight losses.
KU started quickly in the opening frame with a 10-5 lead, going on to finish the set with a 25-19 victory. Brittney Moyer was responsible for seven of KU’s 13 kills in the first frame.
The second set of the match was a different story as West Chester showed their strength and claimed a victory with a score of 25-21.
Set three saw a momentum push by West Chester as they started out 7-2, but KU wasn’t going to allow it as they evened the frame to 7-7. KU built on this momentum change all through the third set, seeing a lead as high as seven as the set came to an end. KU went on to end the frame with a 25-16 final and gave the team a 2-1 advantage.
The fourth set seemed to be the most even set between the two teams with several back-and-forth score changes. Finally, with a slim 17-15 lead, KU found their final push of life and went on an 8-5 run to end the set with a score of 25-20. This proved to be the deciding frame to give KU the 3-1 victory over West Chester.
Moyer and Holly Owen finished the match with 17 and 18 kills respectively. Amanda Meck recorded a career-high 26 assists and Abbey James added 15 on her own.
The Golden Bears fell to Millersville in the four sets of game two in a 3-1 battle.
Millersville claimed a victory in the first set, 25-14, but KU hit them with a dominant second set. Downing the opponent 25-12, the Golden Bears recorded 13 kills and evened the match heading into set three.
But KU was unable to hold on to that power from set two and fell to Millersville in the next two sets. With scores of 25-21 in the third set and 25-15 in the fourth, KU ultimately lost the match as Millersville claimed the 3-1 victory.
Holly Owen continued her kill spree, totaling a team-high 19 in this match after knocking down 18 in the previous match. Brittney Moyer posted her third-straight match with double-digit kills, posting 12 this match as well as a career-high 22 digs.
KU wrapped up its three-game home stand with a strong team effort. The Golden Bears were able to take down Cheyney 3-0 in a non-conference matchup.
The Golden Bears were dominant in all three sets, ending each set with a score of 25-10, 25-4 and 25-9. It was a complete team effort, one that even saw all 18 teammates on the floor throughout the match.
Eleven different team members recorded at least one kill in the match with a total team kill-count of 33. Abby Daniels led KU with seven kills, a season-high for her. Alli Henderson and Shannon Robicheau each recorded five kills as well.
Sarah Williams and Abbey James both notched 11 assists each, with Amanda Meck adding six for herself.