Young Volleyball Players Show Promise in Buttermaker

Friday, September 9, 2011 - page 2

Holly Hynson Despite dropping its first two matches at the Buttermaker Tournament, the Muhlenberg volleyball team showed considerable promise in the second match.

After falling in three sets to Messiah – the only team to go through the first day of the Buttermaker without losing a set – the Mules took on a Kean team that had just finished a five-set match against Neumann. Muhlenberg pounced all over the Cougars, scoring the first two points and never looking back.

The score was 10-7 before the Mules ran off 14 straight points behind the serving of freshman Nikki Dickson, who had two aces, two assists and a kill in the big run. After her streak was finally interrupted by a service error, Kean committed a service error of its own to end the first set at 25-8. It was the teams biggest margin of victory in a set since a 25-6 win against Bryn Mawr in 2009.

Kean came back to capture the next two sets and looked to be in charge when it opened up a 17-11 advantage in the fourth. But the Mules, playing a young lineup with four freshmen on the floor most of the time, stormed back to take a 23-20 lead. Muhlenberg served for the set at 24-22, but the Cougars scored the next three points and eventually won, 27-25.

Dickson, playing setter for the entire match, finished with career highs of 20 assists and 13 digs. Senior Davi Gordon led a balanced attack with 7 kills, while Dickson and two other freshmen, Holly Hynson (left) and Alexis Inselberg, had 5 apiece. Inselberg added 11 digs, and yet another freshman, Alyssa Schell pulled up a team-high 14 digs.
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