Record: 5-11 Home: 3-3 Away: 1-3 Neutral: 1-5 Heart: 1-4
Alicia Jaquez tallied 32 kills for the weekend
Alicia Jaquez tallied 32 kills for the weekend
Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

Omaha, Neb.--The Statesmen volleyball team was good at times and not so much at other times as it went 1-3 at the Saint Mary Tournament Friday and Saturday.

William Penn (4-9) opened the weekend with a 3-2 loss to host Saint Mary (21-25, 26-24, 32-30, 19-25, 15-17) and then fell 3-0 to Mount Marty (23-25, 23-25, 15-25).  On Saturday, WPU swept Mayville State 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-22), but lost the weekend finale 3-0 to Dakota State (24-26, 20-25, 20-25).

Saint Mary 3, WPU 2

In the lone non-sweep at the tourney, the navy and gold were outhit .135-.077 by the Flames (7-3), but had a chance to close it out up 2-1 entering the fourth set. Unfortunately, the home squad rallied to claim the thriller.

Kiara Davis (So., Thibodaux, La., Biology) headlined the Statesmen's efforts with 13 kills and a .226 attack percentage.  Jordan Carter (Jr., Sigourney, Iowa, Elementary Education) and Alicia Jaquez (Farmington, N.M., Biology) were also in double figures with 11 winners each.  Nashali Cruz (Fr., Bayamon, P.R., Biology) added eight kills as well.

Haley Smith (Jr., Adrian, Mich., Elementary Education) assisted 36 times, while Carter served up a trio of aces.  Ashley Miller (Jr., Kalona, Iowa, Exercise Science) came up with 36 digs, and while that number was impressive, the Statesmen defense was really led at the net as WPU posted 15 blocks.  Cruz finished with eight block assists and Davis had three solo blocks and four block assists.  Kianna Childers (Fr., Copperas Cove, Texas, Psychology) was a part of four assisted blocks as well.

Mount Marty 3, WPU 0

The Statesmen possibly expended all of their energy in the CSM five-setter as they struggled to slow down the Lancers (5-3); WPU was outhit .287-.188.

Davis and Carter each tallied seven kills to top William Penn, while Cruz and Jaquez contributed five points as well.  Smith managed 30 assists and Miller recorded 16 digs.

WPU 3, Mayville State 0

The navy and gold put a full match together versus the Comets (1-13), highlighted by outhitting them .243-.148.  Carter and Jaquez led the victors with 11 kills apiece, while Cruz was into double digits as well with 10 winners and a .455 hitting clip.

Alexis Weatherspoon (Jr., Kansas City, Mo., Physical Education), with eight kills, and Davis, with seven more, were also big offensive contributors.

Almost all of the offense went through Smith who recorded 45 assists.  Miller also topped her squad in digs with 34.

Dakota State 3, WPU 0

The weekend had a poor ending, though, as the Trojans (2-10) owned a .307-.125 hitting edge over the Statesmen.  Cruz was the lone WPU attacker in double digits with 10 kills, while the trio of Carter, Jaquez, and Claire Simmons (Sr., Williamsburg, Iowa, Psychology) had five winners each.  Smith also posted three block assists.  For her efforts, Carter was named to the all-tournament team.

Smith (30 assists and nine digs) was a factor in the setback as well.

"We experienced a lot of ups and downs the last two days," Head Coach Jennifer Carlson said.  "We played two really good matches and two pretty bad matches.  We need to put it all together on a consistent basis."

Next Up: William Penn returns to Oskaloosa next Tuesday to host #12 Grand View in a Heart of America Athletic Conference match at 7 p.m.