Team Effort Leads the Yellow Jackets over Kenyon

By Hanna Young

Several Yellow Jackets contributed to the Defiance College volleyball team’s win over Kenyon last week. The team won in four sets after capturing the opening set. Defiance jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first 3 points of the match. However, Defiance seemed to maintain a lead of a couple of points, things seemed to get a little closer around point number 16 for Defiance. However, after letting Kenyon within one they quickly added to their lead again. The set ended with a final score of 25-20 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. Defiance recorded 12 kills in the contest.

The second set went to Kenyon. Kenyon seemed to go on a scoring run after recording the first point of the contest. The Yellow Jackets answered with a couple of points, however, the team could not make a comeback in this set. The second set ended with a score of 16-25 in favor of the Owls. 

Things got back on track in the third set after Defiance recorded the first two points of the game. This set is a battle to the end, mostly remaining one to two points apart. The Yellow Jackets make a big push in the last five points to add this set to the ones in their favor. The final score of this set was 25-21.

The fourth and final set of the night saw the Yellow Jackets scoring six of the first eight points of the set. Kenyon did bring themselves within a few points early on, but Defiance kept their foot on the gas pedal earning themselves the victory in the fourth set. This set ended with a score of 25-16 making the Yellow Jackets victorious. 

Several Yellow Jackets contributed to the win. Shelby Clements led the team with 18 kills, followed by Kaylynn Wellman and Ellie Belvo each chipping in 8; the team totaled 46 kills. The team had 2 blocks in the game, one coming from both Ellie Belvo and Shleby Clements. Several players added digs including: Shelby Clements, Courtney Maxwell, and Kayla Boettger each with six, Ellie Belvo and Madison Schoenauer both with 4, and Amina Chaumoun, Veronica Vasquez, and Hope Yost each with 2, while Aliza Clarka added 1. 

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