Baker volleyball squad swats Yellowjackets
The Baker University volleyball team wasted no time showing Graceland University who the dominate team was in the first game, but had to battle for games two and three to take the victory Tuesday night in front of a boisterous Collins Center crowd.
After winning the first two games, Baker fell behind by eight points before finally showing a pulse again. At one point, Graceland won seven of ten points before the Wildcats started to show life.
The Wildcats rallied to take a 19-18 lead on miscues by the Yellowjackets. From there the Wildcats were able to hang on for the 30-25 win.
In the first game, Baker leaped out to an early lead that saw it have eight before Graceland could even score two points. The Yellowjackets scored after a timeout but were not able to control a flawless Wildcats team. Baker continued to seemingly score at will and won by a 30-11 score.
Graceland was able to stick around with Baker in the second game. Graceland, who kept it close throughout, closed the gap late but due to some unforced errors let Baker take a small lead 26-24. The Wildcats took a timeout that helped them win the remaining points, with the winning point capitalized by senior Vanessa Wardy.
Michaela Marak, a freshman from Kansas City, Kan., had 11 kills and five blocks. Jayde Allen, a sophomore from Topeka had 17 digs and setter Jenifer Koelzer, a senior from Shawnee had 14 digs to go along with 37 assists. Carly Chadick and Alexis Pryor each had nine kills. Wardy had five blocks.
On Sept. 26, Baker traveled to MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. The Wildcats came away with a sweep, winning 30-23, 30-18 and 30-21.
The Wildcats will be playing in the Lindendwood Fall Classic this weekend in St. Charles, Mo. Their next home game is Wednesday against Avila University at 7 p.m.