GRANVILLE, Ohio — Coming off a big Senior Day victory against The College of Wooster, the Kenyon College volleyball team was unable to build off that momentum and was defeated Tuesday night by the Denison University Big Red.
Denison (10-13, 3-3 NCAC) came out strong, as it had 13 kills in the first set and only two attack errors while cruising to a 25-9 victory. The visiting Owls had three blocks in the second set, courtesy of Sophia Menke, Maggie Wolf and Joy Carstanjen, though they lost by a score of 25-18.
Kenyon (4-18, 1-5 NCAC) then came alive in the third set. Trailing by a score of 3-1, Lindsey Abramson delivered a kill that prompted a four-point Kenyon run. With the Owls up 7-6, Abramson ignited another hot streak, this time it spanned five straight points. Kenyon maintained the lead for most of the set, but Denison kept it close before falling 25-22. The Owls had nine kills and five blocks in the set with a solid hitting percentage of .227.
The Big Red buckled, but would not break. They regained control of the match in the fourth set, posting an astounding hitting percentage of .560 while chalking up another 25-9 win. That capped things off with the home team tallying a hitting percentage of .275 and 51 kills for the match.
The Owls finished with 24 kills and were led by Abramson and Maggie Wolf who had seven and five kills, respectively. Wolf, who also served up 16 assists, didn’t have an attack error and posted a team-best hitting percentage of .556.
As the young Owls team continues to build for the future, it has two more matches left in the current season. The team will head to DePauw University on Saturday to take on the host Tigers at noon. Following that match, the Owls will remain on the court for a non-conference contest with Trine University.