Young Blue Jay Volleyball Team Struggles at Augustana Invitational 

8/30/2013 
Athletic News - Volleyball 

St. Ambrose Boxscore
Loras Boxscore

The Blue Jays finished day one of the Augustana Invitational down 0-2 after playing St. Ambrose and Loras. “We were down big in both matches, but came back. The teams were simply more experienced, and that experience took over in the end,” said Coach Madson.

The Blue Jays fell 21-25 in the first set against St. Ambrose, but then defeated them in the next two (25-21, 25-22). The Blue Jays were not able to pull out the last set win, and ended up falling in five.

Freshman Riley Lawrence (St. Louis, Mo. /Villa Duchesne) led the Blue Jays with 14 kills, followed by sophomore Lexi Collier (Weston, Mo. /West Platte) with 11. Freshman Kayla Reeg (St. Louis, Mo. /Oakville) led the Blue Jays with six of the eleven service aces. She also had 38 assists.

Freshman Amanda Kiso (Jefferson City, Mo. /Blair Oaks) had two solo blocks and two block assists, and Collier assisted four blocks. Sophomore Caroline Will (St. Louis, Mo. /Rosati-Kain), along with freshmen Mallory Hubbard (Webster Groves, Mo. /Webster Groves) and Brianna Becker (Ballwin, Mo. /Marquette), each had eleven of the team’s digs.

The Blue Jays lost the first set to Loras, but won the second set 25-22. The Blue Jays were not able to grasp the next two sets and fell 1-3. “Our team is young, but we made great strides in being competitive,” said Coach Madson. The Blue Jays battled to head into a fifth set, but were cut off at 25-23.

Lawrence led the Blue Jays in kills in the second game as well, knocking down eleven; Hubbard put down nine kills. Hubbard led the Blue Jays in service aces with six. Collier had three of the five solo blocks. Reeg had 25 of the 27 assists, and Will led the team with 23 digs.

The Blue Jays face Augustana at 10:00 a.m. followed by Ripon at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow. Watch the Augustana game online here, and the Ripon game here!