Becker Records 19 Kills In Losing Effort as Owls Fall to Park
FULTON, MO -- In front of a raucous home crowd, the William Woods University volleyball team battled Park University on Tuesday night. Despite seeing Emily Becker lead all players in the match with 19 kills, the Owls couldn't pull off the comeback as they fell 1-3 (26-28, 23-25, 25-20, 21-25) on the evening. Amanda Henley spearheaded another stout defensive performance, posting 18 digs in the match.
WWU fell behind early in the first set, giving up three straight points to Park and eventually trailing 8-13, but the Owls clawed back to take a 21-20 lead after a Becker serve drilled the tape and trickled over for the ace.
The Pirates responded with a 3-1 run, however, and eventually closed out the first set at 26-28.
The Owls jumped out to an early 11-5 lead in set two, but couldn't hang on for the set win, falling 23-25 to drop to 0-2 in the match.
A switch in the lineup from head coach Monica Herschelman didn't look to have immediate impact, as the Owls fell behind 1-3 early in the third set, but a 13-6 run forced Park to burn both timeouts as the Owls settled comfortably into a 14-9 lead. A four-point run from Park at 24-16 put a slight scare into the Owls, but a WWU timeout settled the squad and Lauren Rodewald closed out the set with a kill for the 25-20 win.
WWU came out strong in the final set as well, leading 13-10 at the midway point, but Park was able to put together a pair of three-point spurts to capture the lead and eventually take the match.
William Woods falls to 4-11 on the year and 1-1 in league play. In addition to Henley's 18, Emily Nolte posted 11 digs in the match. As a team, the Owls hit at a .219 clip, to a .263 mark for the Pirates, with Emma Aschenbrenner posting the best attacking percentage for WWU at .348. The freshman had 10 kills on the night, with Kristen Bauer adding 11.
The Owls return to Anderson Arena on Thursday night, taking on No. 3 Columbia. First serve for the match is set for 7 p.m.