During day one of the Missouri Baptist Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., the Cornerstone University volleyball squad notched two big wins over national ranked No. 19 Grand View University and No. 17 Missouri Baptist College. The Golden Eagles repeated during day two of the tournament defeating No. 22 Columbia College and Friends University (Kan.).
Match one the Golden Eagles faced another NAIA ranked opponent, No. 22 Columbia College. After dropping the first set, Cornerstone was able to take sets two and three to take the 2-1 advantage. Columbia bounced back to take set four and leaving the match to be decided in the fifth set. The Golden Eagles played strong both offensively and defensively holding their opponents to a .167 attacking percentage while attacking at a .476 pace to take the set and match. Cailie Johnson led the team with 17 kills while Kim Weaver added 10 respectively. Four CU players were in double-digit figures in the kill column. As a team, the Golden Eagles won the advantage over their opponents in adding 13 team blocks compared to Columbia's five.
The second match of the day was a strong 3-0 sweep for the Golden Eagles against Friends University (25-22, 25-20, 26-24). Chelsea Lake aided in the victory with 11 kills while Johanna Egerer added nine. Johnson recorded three blocks during the match including one solo and two assisted. Libby Webber had the highest attacking percentage for CU connecting at .385 percent during the three sets.
Rounding the Missouri Baptist Tournament, the Golden Eagles left with the title of tournament champions while Cailie Johnson, Kim Weaver and Chelsea Lake were named to the All-Tournament Team. Johnson was also honored as this weekend's tournament MVP.
Cornerstone (RV) will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Concordia University for another WHAC competition on Wednesday, October 16. The match-up will begin at 7 p.m.
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