Bears complete sweep at Quaker Classic

Staff Report

RICHMOND, Ind. – For the first time since last September, the University of Pikeville volleyball team has won four matches in a row after taking down Earlham 3-0 and Concordia-Chicago 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in the Quaker Classic.

UPIKE hit .316 as a team against host Earlham for the shutout win, while the Quakers couldn’t muster a positive showing hitting -.014. Sydney Hall led the Bears with 10 kills at a .421 clip, while Rachel Murphy found 10 digs and Savanna Zakman dished out 27 assists.

The set scores went in favor of the Bears 25-22, 25-11 and 25-17.

The last match of the classic between UPIKE and CU-Chicago was a marathon with the Bears eventually winning by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 21-25 and 20-18. The hitting percentages were close with UPIKE faring slightly better at .181 to .152.

Kaitlyn Welsh was the kills leader this time with 13 and Hall chipped in with 10 again. Hall also added seven blocks, Murphy had 17 digs and Zakman dished out 39 assists. CU-Chicago’s Austin Thompson had gaudy numbers in the loss with 26 kills on 72 swings for a .278 hitting mark.

The Bears will return to the court at 7 p.m. on Wednesday against Cumberlands at UPIKE Gym.

Staff Report

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