Women's volleyball team dominates in home opener
Bluefield College defeats Tennessee Wesleyan in straight sets
Sports Information Department BC
September 10, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
BLUEFIELD, Va. -- The Bluefield College women’s volleyball team picked up its first win of the season in friday’s home opener against Tennessee Wesleyan.
The Lady Rams (1-4, 1-1) evened their Applachian Athletic Conference record after taking down the Lady Bulldogs 25-16, 25-19, 25-13.
“I think it’s a great way to start out, especially having our home opener and pulling out a win to even up our record at 1-1,” first-year head coach Brian Votaw said. “I think that puts us in a real good spot in the conference.”
Bluefield jumped ahead early, taking the first set 25-16. It was the first time this season that they have won an opening set.
In the second set, the Lady Rams jumped out to a big lead before letting Tennessee Wesleyan climb back to within five. A Lady Bulldogs service error sealed the set for Bluefield at 25-19.
“I think there were a couple times we had mental lapses,” said Votaw. “I saw those when we had a big lead. I saw us tend to relax and do a little bit of scoreboard watching. I challenged them in time outs that we have got to play focused. I told them we have got to play like we’re three behind. When they stayed focused and we took control of the momentum, I think we dominated the game.”
Junior middle-hitter Megan Randall caught fire in the second set, racking up kills and igniting a rowdy crowd in the Dome Gymnasium.
“Megan was a beast,” said Votaw. “Megan was the one that put the ball away and got the crowd excited. There’s something about momentum, when Megan puts the ball away it just makes the other team feel a little bit down. She’s our go-to girl and she stepped up tonight like she always does.”
After falling behind 5-1 early in the third set, Bluefield regrouped and put away Tennessee Wesleyan 25-13 to seal the 3-0 victory.
“I think we were just needing to gel at the right moment,” said Votaw. “For the most part tonight I saw a lot of good runs where we did very well. I think that’s what made the difference.”
Votaw praised the Lady Rams for not giving up on tough plays, keeping the ball alive and regrouping when they needed to.
“I think we were scrappy,” said Votaw. “We had a couple of mental lapses, but very few balls hit the ground. We always seemed to push them back over. I was very pleased with that.”
Randall finished the match with 11 kills and three aces. Sophomore Layney Sandifer added 10 kills.
Senior defensive specialist Yeda Duarte finished with 15 digs. Junior setter Cheznee Daily had 23 assists and three aces.
The Lady Rams return to action tomorrow with a tri-match at Pikeville College, taking on Midway College (2-4, 2-2 KIAC) at noon and Pikeville (0-7, 0-1 Mid-South) at 2 pm.
“I like our chances of going in there and winning two and winning that whole tri-match,” said Votaw. “It would be a great thing for us do to get us on a nice three-game winning streak and I like the chances.”
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