Baker volleyball team now 8-5
The Baker University Volleyball team went 3-1 in its host Baker Invitational Tournament in a split of the second days matches, with a four set loss to John Brown, 25-19, 25-27, 27-25, 19-25, but then rolled past Kansas Wesleyan in three, 25-22, 25-13, 25-15.
Baker improved to 8-5 and has now won four of its last five matches played, including a 4-1 mark at home.
JBU and Baker battled back-and-forth the entire match. Baker won the first set by six points, 25-19, but in both the second and third sets, the score was tied at 23-23 and JBU found a way to close out both sets with 27-25 victories.
JBU then kept a significant lead late in the fourth set and the Wildcats couldn’t catch up losing 25-19.
Savannah Smith was the only Wildcat to reach double figures in kills against the Golden Eagles with 13. Baker held JBU to a hitting percentage of just .189.
Baker managed to hit .194 as a team with Crystal Simon adding nine kills and Shannon Bond slamming home eight kills for an impressive .444 hitting percentage.
Jana Boss had 34 assists to lead Baker and Renata Dill led the team in digs with 27. Kylie Pease also had seven digs for BU.
JBU had three players finish with double-digit kills including Erin Didier with 16, Audrey Dearien with 22 and Erin McIlroy had 10.
In the final match of the weekend, Baker had a much better match offensively with a hitting percentage of .326 and Smith led the charge with 12 kills and two service aces.
Danielle French had eight kills along with four block assists and Simon helped the cause with eight digs and 10 kills.
Baker will return home on Tuesday, Sept. 11, as they face HAAC opponent Central Methodist at 7 p.m. at the Collins Center. Fans can watch the game live at www.bakerwildcats.com.