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Women's Volleyball-CH - Fri, Aug. 25, 2017

Volleyball swept both matches on Day 1 of the 2017 Eagle Invite at Robert Morris Athletic and Convocation Center in Arlington Heights, Ill. winning in three sets (25-10, 25-14, 25-15) vs. Midway University (Ky.) followed by a furious comeback against Culver Stockton College (Mo.) after being down 2 sets (18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 16-14). The Eagles are now 2-4 on the season.

Match One

The Eagles jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead led by two aces from Lindsey Veersma.  A kill by Kailyn Williams extended the lead to 16-7 forcing a Midway timeout, and the Eagles never looked back winning 25-10 on a kill by DaNesha Cowley.   

The second set was off to a hot start when the Eagles jumped out to a 9-1 lead assisted by 4 Midway hitting errors.  Kristin Acciavatti put down one of her 11 kills on the afternoon to grow the lead to 13-4 and cruised to a final score of 25-14.

In the third set Lindsey continued her strong serving run getting the Eagles out to a 6-0 lead with three more aces.  Midway made a run but a big kill by Hannah Wagner stopped the run at 18-10.  A kill by Kailyn Williams ended the third set with a score of 25-15 giving the Eagles their first win of 2017.

Kristen Acciavatti led the Eagles offensively and defensively with a team-high 11 kills and 10 digs.  Kailyn Williams had her best performance of her freshman year with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .500.  Lindsey Veersma dished out 27 assists and a team high 6 service aces.  Eagles climbed to 1-4 overall.

Match Two

In match two the Eagles took on Culver Stockton (Mo.). Coming off their first victory of the season, the Eagles jumped to a 5-0 lead with Lindsey Veersma on the service line serving up two aces. Culver Stockton came roaring back extending their lead to 13-8 on an ace.  The Eagles were unable to claw back in the first set falling 25-18. 

The second set was a back and forth affair with the lead never more than two points until the set was tied at 18 and Culver Stockton was able to go on a 4-0 run with three Eagle errors. The Eagles were unable to overcome the deficit and dropped set two 25-20. 

Down 0-2 the Eagles looked for a spark and senior Kristin Acciavatti delivered with 5 of her match-high 20 kills.  The third set was back and forth until Culver Stockton built a three point lead at 19-16.  RMU responded with a 3 point run to tie it up at 19.  Acciavatti had two big kills for points 23 & 24 before Hannah Wagner finished the set with a kill for a final score of 25-23.

After winning the third set RMU, started off with a five point run to take the lead 5-2. Then Culver Stockton took back the lead after an 11-5 point run bringing the score to 13-10. RMU was down 17-14 when Lindsey Veersma delivered 3 aces during an 8-0 serving run to give the Eagles the lead at 23-17. Kameron Rouse came off the bench with an ace to send the match to a fifth set 25-18. 

In the deciding set, the score was tied 4-4 when RMU went on a 3-0 run capped by a kill from Jazmin Pruitt. At the switch, the Eagles went up 8-6 from a kill by Lindsey Veersma.  The Eagles built a 10-6 lead, but Culver Stockton answered with four straight points tying the set at 10. A kill by DaNesha Cowley ended the four point Wildcat run.  The score was tied at 14 when Kristin Acciavatti had her 20th kill of the night to give the Eagles a 15-14 lead.  On match point, a Culver Stockton hitting error ended the set giving the Eagles the 16-14 set win, which completed the dramatic 0-2 set comeback for the match.    

Kristin Acciavatti posted her second double-double of the day with 20 kills and 18 digs.  Hannah Wagner chipped in 9 kills and 9 digs.  DaNesha Cowley and Kailyn Williams each had 8 kills for the Eagles.  Lindsey Veersma had a season high 43 assists, 6 service aces for the second match in a row, and 8 digs.  Wendy Garcia patrolled the back row with a team-high 21 digs.  

The Eagles play at 12:00 PM against Rochester College (Mich.) follwed by 4:00 PM match vs Moody Bible Institute on Saturday August 26th