The Defiance College volleyball team hosted Mount St. Joseph on Homecoming, Saturday afternoon, October 7th. The Yellow Jackets were able to beat the Lions in four sets, pushing their record 3-0 in HCAC play.
The Yellow Jackets started out the first set battling back and forth with the Lions. Mount St. Joe took advantage of Defiance errors, and ran away with the lead, winning 15-25. In the second set, Defiance came back wanting revenge against the Lions. The Jackets recorded kills and service aces while taking advantage of MSJ errors and won set two 25-16. Defiance started out set three with a 10-5 lead. Kills from Brooke Plummer, Danielle Robbins, Sydney Unger, Jenni Davis, and Jessi Davis helped push the Jackets to a 20-14 lead. Unfortunately, Yellow Jacket errors allowed the Lions to catch up and tie the set at 22. Defiance was able to push forward and take set three, 25-22. The Jackets came back battling hard in the fourth set. The two teams went back and forth with the score being close through the whole set. Defiance was able to push on toward the end and win the set 25-18.
Jenni Davis lead Defiance’s offense with 11 kills on the day, and Morgan Porter had two service aces. Jaidyn Patridge lead the defense with 17 digs, while Sydney Unger and Morgan Porter were not far behind with 16 and 15 digs, respectively. Senior Jaidyn Patridge commented on the Jackets play in the first set, “I feel that our energy was not present in the first set and we also were not being aggressive and utilizing the game plan efficiently. Then once we started listening to coach and believing in ourselves, then that was a huge game changer, and we had momentum and also the home court advantage.” Winning against MSJ boosted the Jackets record to 3-0 in conference play. “Being undefeated in conference means that we still have a huge target on our backs and we have to continue to push through every single point, set, and match in order to win the rest of our games.” said Patridge. The Jackets are back in play Wednesday evening, October 11th, at Bluffton University at 7pm.
Written by Michaela Bauer