Despite posting a season-high .250 attack percentage, the Stetson volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-15) to Kennesaw State in an Atlantic Sun Conference match Saturday afternoon at the KSU Convocation Center.
Senior setter Kelli Carneal recorded her 2000th career assist late in the match, becoming just the seventh player in school history to reach that milestone.
One day after committing 29 attack errors at Mercer, the Hatters (3-15, 0-2 A-Sun) tallied a season-low nine hitting errors on Saturday. Both Cailyn Prewitt (8 kills, 1 error, 16 attempts, .438 attack pct.), and Ellen Hawks (7-1-15, .400) recorded attack percentages of .400 or better, but Kennesaw State (12-5, 2-1 A-Sun) also posted a high attack percentage (.337) en route to the three set victory.
“Kennesaw State played very well today, they played a clean game, and they definitely earned the victory,” Stetson head coach Tim Loesch said. “We did some good things again, but each set we struggled with something different. The first game we struggled with passing, the second game we really struggled with serving, and the third game our attacking dropped off significantly. Unfortunately we weren’t able to put it all together.”
Kaley Melville and Prewitt each had eight kills to lead the offense. Carneal dished out 16 assists, Melville recorded 10 digs, and Hawks posted four blocks. Senior libero Monique Russell picked up nine digs while playing in her 100th career match.
Samantha Freeman contributed an individual three-point run in the first set with back-to-back kills followed by a solo block.
“I thought Cailyn Prewitt, Ellen Hawks, and Kaley Melville did a really good job for us today,” Loesch said.
After playing eight of their last nine matches on the road, the Hatters will return home for three straight matches and four out of the next five. Stetson will host Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Edmunds Center, followed by weekend matches against USC Upstate and ETSU.
“Hopefully playing at home will be the spark that we need, the extra motivation to get us over the hump,” Loesch said.