Volleyball goes 10-2 in conference


Volleyball enjoyed a three-game winning streak following a loss to Wofford on October 22.

In the Wofford game, the Bears lost 3-1. Wofford won the first set 21-25, but Mercer rebounded to win the second set 25-17. Despite a big effort in Mercer’s last two sets, Wofford came back strong and won the last two sets 24-26 and 22-25.

Rayanne de Oliveria led the team with 13 kills, followed narrowly by Jaida Howell with 12, Annie Karle with 11 and Brittany Major with 10.

Meanwhile, Agnieska Paskevic continues to lead in assists, with the over 41. Megan Smith assisted the team’s defense with 21 digs while Karle contributed 15.

The Bears came back strong the next day in their game against the Citadel, winning all three sets with scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 28-26.

Howell led with 12 kills, as well as the last attack for the second and third sets. De Oliveria followed her with 10 kills and Karle had 9.

Paskevic contributed 32 assists and 13 digs, while Karle took the lead with 21 digs.

The Bears began to revive their winning streak the following week, taking the victory over UNCG 3-1 on October 29. As the Spartans won the opening set 25-17, the Bears stepped up to win the next three 25-20, 25-19 and 25-14.

Karle led with 14 kills, followed by Oliveria at 12, Howell with 10 and Major at 9. De Oliveira completed 9 blocks, with Howell and Karle tied at 4 and Major at 3.

Paskevic contributed with 44 assists for the Bears and 16 digs. Smith led the team with 22 digs, followed by 20 from Majors.

The Bears then faced Western Carolina on October 30, where they won their third straight game 3-0. They won sets 25-21, 25-20 and 25-21.

Karle recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. De Oliveria tied with 11 kills, followed by Howell at 9 and Taylor Lynch at 6.

Paskevic led with 28 assists while Smith led with 16 digs. Major, Karle and Lexi Uhrhan recorded 13, 12 and 10 digs, respectively.

The team has a conference record of 10-2 and its overall record is 14-9. Although they struggled with away games, currently at 5-4, they did well at home, going 8-1.

Their next game will be at Hawkins Arena on November 5 at 7 p.m. against the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. They will then face off again at Hawkins Arena on November 6 at 3 p.m. against East Tennessee State University.


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