|Final - Volleyball||1||2||3||F|
|Columbia (Mo.) (12-2, AMC 2-0)||25||25||25||3|
|Williams Baptist College (3-11, AMC 1-1)||19||5||19||0|
|Walnut Ridge, AR|
|Columbia (Mo.)||Indv. Leaders||Williams Baptist College|
|#3 Zori Curry - 16||Kills||2 Players (#3,#7) - 5|
|#1 Ariadne Borges - 4||Blocks||#3 Rachel Pirtle - 3|
|#18 Gabriela Walton - 15||Digs||#11 Makenzie Moore - 8|
|4 Players - 1||Aces||3 Players - 1|
|Columbia (Mo.)||Team Statistics||Williams Baptist College|
|Final - Volleyball||1||2||3||4||F|
|Stephens (Mo.) (0-7, AMC 0-1)||19||23||25||17||1|
|Williams Baptist College (3-10, AMC 1-0)||25||25||21||25||3|
|Walnut Ridge, AR|
|Stephens (Mo.)||Indv. Leaders||Williams Baptist College|
|#9 Danielle Kirk - 18||Kills||#3 Rachel Pirtle - 15|
|None||Blocks||#7 Audra Nailling - 4|
|2 Players (#9,#14) - 16||Digs||2 Players (#11,#23) - 14|
|#5 Shelby Wood - 2||Aces||#23 Shelby Wallace - 3|
|Stephens (Mo.)||Team Statistics||Williams Baptist College|
Walnut Ridge, Ark. - American Midwest Conference play began this weekend for the Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles volleyball squad. After beating Stephens College in four sets (25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17) on Friday night, WBC lost to seventh ranked Columbia College in straight sets (25-19, 25-5, 25-19) on Saturday. Both contests were played at the Southerland-Mabee Center in Walnut Ridge.
At the end of the weekend, WBC's record stands at 3-11 overall, and 1-1 in AMC play.
It was obvious from the first point against Stephens that the matches intensify whenever AMC play begins, but the Lady Eagles rose to the occasion, winning in four sets. The offense finished the contest with 46 kills.
Rachel Pirtle (SR/El Paso, Texas) led the team with 15, followed by Audra Nailling (JR/Paragould, Ark. ) (12), Shelby Wallace (SR/Jonesboro, Ark. ) (9), Alyssa Leatherman (JR/Walnut Ridge, Ark.) (7), McKenzie Hopkins (JR/Piggott, Ark. ) (2), and Kayla Winfrey (SR/Marion, Ark.) with one. Winfrey added 38 assists in the contest.
Defensively, four Lady eagles reached double-digits in digs, Shelby Wallace and Makenzie Moore (SR/Nikiski, Alaska) led the team with 14 each, while Leatherman chipped in with 12, and Winfrey finished with 11.
Wallace also finished the contest with a game high three service aces. Pirtle had one solo block, while Nailling led the team with four assisted blocks in the match.
The team finished with a hitting percentage of 21.5, and they made a mere 18 total errors in the four sets.
The team faced highly touted competition on Saturday, as they hosted the Cougars from Columbia College. CC came into the game as the seventh ranked team in the NAIA. Despite some push back in the first and third sets, Columbia swept WBC by the scores of 25-19, 25-5, and 25-19.
Williams proved up to the match early, as they opened the contest on a 4-2 run, highlighted by a Makenzie Moore ace. However, the Cougars proved why they are highly ranked, finishing the opening set with a 25-19 win, before winning the second set 25-9. The Lady Eagles fought hard in the final set, but the Cougars offense was strong, giving them the 25-19 win.
WBC's AMC record of 1-1 leaves them in a tie for sixth place in the conference. Four teams are currently ranked or receiving votes in the AMC. Park University is ranked fourth, Columbia seventh, and Missouri Baptist University comes in at 11. William Woods University is also receiving votes.
Williams hosts a non-conference doubleheader against NCAA Division I team Alcorn State University on Monday, Sept. 18. The first game is scheduled for 3 p.m.