Calvary University Volleyball won their first match of the season with an impressive 3-0 sweep over Union College Tuesday night. “Practice this week was focused on serves and serve receive,” said Coach Ashley Spicer. “It really showed against Union. We had our best serving percentage of the season tonight.” In the opening set, both teams came out fighting to gain momentum. The Lady Warriors were able to gain the advantage with smart plays and by excellent kills, winning the set 25-20.
In the next
two sets, both teams fought hard, but Calvary was able to continue their
momentum with excellent serving and improving their overall hitting percentage.
Despite Union’s attempts to come back, Calvary finished 27-25 in both of the
final two sets. Both Leah Grady and Tori Veltkamp were difference makers,
leading with 6 kills each. Anna Holloway also led the team with 4 aces, 2 solo
blocks, and 20 digs.
The Lady Warriors will next travel to Haviland, Kansas to take the court against Barclay College on Friday.
The Warriors were looking to continue the momentum from last weeks win over Barclay College when they faced Union College Tuesday night in Lincoln, Nebraska. Instead, the Warriors came up short losing 0-2. Calvary started the game strong. They created a few good scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the game, almost taking an early lead with a shot on a goal by Noah Wittenbach. “We battled and fought very hard in the first half,” said Coach Daniel Nichols. “We especially did a good job transitioning the ball from defense to offense.” Union College took a 1-0 lead over Calvary scoring off a rebound in the 25th minute.
The Warriors had a strong start to the second half once again. Despite creating good scoring opportunities, the Warriors were unable to find the back of the net. Calvary’s limited bench played a factor in the second half, with Union getting strong play from their bench in the second half. Union scored their second goal of the game off of an intercepted pass extending the lead to 0-2. “I was really encouraged by the effort that the guys put forth tonight.” Coach Nichols said.
Calvary will look to rebound this
Friday at home against Nebraska Christian College.
The Lady Warriors volleyball team dropped both of their matches on Saturday as
the team fell 25-20, 18-25, 18-25, 18-25 to North Central University,
and 17-25, 15-25, 22-25 to Trinity College. This moves the Warriors to 0-2
overall on the season.
“I am proud of how my team responded and played hard to the finish,”
Warrior Head Coach Ashley Spicer said. “It was a great day for us to learn
and improve. It took a little time for our new players to adjust to the speed
of the game at this level, but as the matches moved forward their comfort level
improved as well.”
In the first match against NCU, Kennedy Shelton and Esther Schwarze both gave
the Warriors huge momentum swings with serving runs. Great serving made
each of the sets close, but NCU edged CU out in the fourth set 1-3.
In the match against Trinity, the Warriors came out slow. Serve receive was problematic at the start of the match, but some significant improvement was seen in serve receive production and percentage as the sets moved forward. “Tori Veltkamp and Anna Holloway both had some terrific hustle plays in this match that set the tone for us defensively,” Spicer stated. “We will use these types of plays to continue to define who we will become as the season unfolds.”
“We played against some good teams today,” Spicer said. “We hope we can compete at this level by the end of our season.”