BU volleyball dominates tourney
The Baker University volleyball team got its season off to a good start, winning all four of its matches during the Preseason Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Friday and Saturday at Collins Gym.
"Well, it's different since we have been 0-4 at the preseason tournament the last two years," coach Kathy Allen said. "It feels pretty good. I would rather win than lose."
Allen said it was nice to play the tournament at Collins this season.
"It's definitely nice to play at home," Allen said. "It's nice to be in an air-conditioned facility. A lot of the conference facilities aren't air conditioned. This tournament can be really hot."
Not only did the team go 4-0 during the tournament, it only lost a solitary game during the tournament.
In all the team defeated conference foes Benedictine College (30-27, 30-28, 30-25), Avila University (30-21, 30-11, 31-29), Central Methodist University (30-25, 30-19, 30-29) and Evangel College (30-27, 30-28, 27-30, 30-28).
"Each team that we played has its own flavor that we had to get used to," Allen said.
Sophomore setter Jenifer Koelzer, a first-team All-HAAC selection last year, helped direct the Wildcats on the court. Koelzer also implemented a new jump-set that allowed for the Baker offense to be quicker and more unpredictable.
"Jenifer Koelzer was nothing short of phenomenal," Allen said. "She averaged almost 14 assists per game for the weekend, which is just huge."
The Wildcats, who were picked second in the preseason conference poll behind only Lindenwood University, play in the College of the Ozarks Classic Friday and Saturday in Branson, Mo. Then they play host to conference foe William Jewell College at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Collins Center.