Volleyball Drops First HCAC Match

The Defiance College volleyball team traveled to Bluffton University Wednesday evening, October 11th. The Yellow Jackets dropped their first conference match, making their record 3-1 in HCAC play.

The Yellow Jackets started out slow, finding themselves in a 1-5 deficit. They quickly came back to a 7-6 dominance, taking advantage of Beaver errors. The teams battled back and forth for the rest of the set until Bluffton was able to push forward, winning set one 17-25. In set two, the Yellow Jackets fought hard against the Beavers, tying the score at 5 and again at 8. Bluffton was able to hold a lead the rest of the game, even though Defiance was not far behind. The Jackets were not able to push past the Beavers, losing set two 21-25. The third set was a struggle for the Yellow Jackets, never making it to double digits. Bluffton was able to record many kills and take advantage of multiple Jacket errors, winning the final set 9-25.

Jessi Davis lead the offensive side for the night with a total of six kills, with Danielle Robbins not far behind with five kills. Emma Seitz led the blocking with two blocks on the night. Morgan Porter led the defense with 16 digs and Jaidyn Patridge had 14 for the night. When asked about the game, Patridge had to say, “We have to start focusing more at practice. We need to follow the game plan Coach gives us and step up our energy a lot in order to gain momentum. Consistency is also a huge factor that we are slowly starting to get the hang of, but we have to carry it through the entire match.” Defiance continues HCAC play at Hanover on Saturday evening.

Written by Michaela Bauer

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