Wednesday night, the Golden Eagles' volleyball squad returned to action traveling to No. 21 Davenport University for the final WHAC competition of the regular season. With rights to second place in the conference standings, the No. 20 Cornerstone squad had their hands full falling in four sets (15-25, 25-22, 21-25, 23-25). The Golden Eagles finish the regular season 25-10 overall and 9-2 in conference taking third place heading into the WHAC tournament. The Panthers advance to 31-9 overall and 10-1 in the WHAC while claiming the second place seed going into the tournament.
Davenport came out strong in the first set while Cornerstone trailed the majority of the set. The Panthers led by as many as ten points to take the 25-15 set. The Golden Eagles totaled a game low 11 kills during the first set while the Panthers connected on 16 kills at a .389 attacking pace.
Cornerstone came out strong in the second set with the final 25-22 in favor of the visitors. The two teams went back and forth trading points but after a Becky Albrecht kill from Kim Weaver CU took the 22-21 lead en route to the victory. The Golden Eagles played tough defense to limit their opponents to a mere .098 attacking percentage while only allowing DU to tally a team nine kills. Cornerstone added a team total of 15 kills.
The third set swayed into the hands of No. 21 Davenport University. With the score 23-17 in favor of the home squad, the Cornerstone Golden Eagles were able to reach within two points of Davenport, 23-21, after four consecutive points. However after a Panther timeout, Davenport would take the third set.
In the fourth and final set, the score went back and forth as the Golden Eagles fought to keep the match alive. With a 16-13 Cornerstone lead, Davenport would go on a six point run and take the lead. Davenport held match point (24-22) but Johanna Egerer would bring CU within one after a kill but the Panthers would end the set and match the next point later. The Golden Eagles would attack at their best during the final set (.333) on 36 attempts and three errors.
Leading the Way
Cailie Johnson held the team-high 15 kills while Kim Weaver (9) and Murphy Heyer (8) helped offensively. Weaver would also help in the offensive category dishing out 40 assists during the night. Three Golden Eagles were in double-digit figures in the dig category with senior Abby Miedema leading the way leading all players with 22 digs. Johnson, Libby Webber and Johanna Egerer would help out defensively each recording two block assists. Heyer would chip in with four serving aces leading all players.
Cornerstone will participate in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference beginning next week for a chance to head to the NAIA National Tournament. The squad will head to the tournament in third place behind No. 4 Madonna and No. 21 Davenport. Times, dates and locations for the matches to be announced.
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