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
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,”
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.