Record: 5-11 Home: 3-3 Away: 1-3 Neutral: 1-5 Heart: 1-4
Claire Simmons finished with eight kills and four aces
Claire Simmons finished with eight kills and four aces
William Penn
Volleyball - Tue, Sep. 5, 2017

Oskaloosa--A balanced attack guided the Statesmen volleyball team to a road sweep of non-conference foe Hannibal-LaGrange Tuesday.

WPU (3-6), which won by scores of 25-10, 28-26, 26-24, outhit the Trojans (2-5) by a tally of .197-.109.

The visitors cruised through the opening set courtesy of a .379-.040 hitting edge.  Set #2 was much more of a challenge with H-LG pulling out to a 13-7 lead.  William Penn rallied to tie the round at 14-14 and the set remained tight until the end.  The Statesmen fought off a set point by Hannibal-LaGrange, but eventually was victorious for the 2-0 lead.

WPU never trailed in the final set.  The Statesmen, who led by as many as five points (latest at 19-14), were forced to hold off a rally by the Trojans, though, to claim the straight-set win.

The trio of Nashali Cruz (Fr., Bayamon, P.R., Biology), Claire Simmons (Sr., Williamsburg, Iowa, Psychology), and Jordan Carter (Jr., Sigourney, Iowa, Elementary Education) all produced eight kills Tuesday.  Cruz had a .375 attack clip, while Simmons served up four of WPU's 10 aces.

Another trio--this one consisting of Kiara Davis (So., Thibodaux, La., Biology), Karissa Wilcoxson (Sr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Education), and Kianna Childers (Fr., Copperas Cove, Texas, Psychology)--added five winners apiece.  Davis blocked three H-LG attempts as well, while Childers, who was making her varsity debut, owned a .556 hitting mark.

Setters Taniah Ayap (Fr., Hilo, Hawaii, Exercise Science) and Haley Smith (Jr., Adrian, Mich., Elementary Education) both assisted on 18 points, while Ashley Miller (Jr., Kalona, Iowa, Exercise Science) guided the defense with 30 digs.

"We came out with fire tonight," Head Coach Jennifer Carlson said.  "We took a huge lead against them and held them there on a solid finish.  They fought back in the second set and surprised our players as I believe we thought it would be an easy run after the first set.  We battled back from being behind, though, and finished strong in the final two sets.  I am really looking forward to the weekend to get this team back on the court."

Next Up: William Penn travels to Omaha, Neb. this weekend to compete in the Saint Mary Tournament.  On Friday, the Statesmen meet co-host Saint Mary at noon and Mount Marty at 4 p.m.  On Saturday, WPU takes on Mayville State at noon and Dakota State at 2 p.m.