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Wolves sweep Wildcats at home

Winfield-Mt. Union volleyball team wins in straight sets
Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutisnger Jenna Buffington spikes the ball during Winfield-Mt. Union's 3-0 win over Columbus Community on Tuesday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


WINFIELD — It looked like Winfield-Mt. Union and Columbus Community were in for a barnburner after a thrilling first set on Tuesday night, but the a couple of big runs from the Wolves led to a W-MU sweep.

W-MU took games 27-25, 25-8 and 25-17 to pick up their first home win of the year and move above .500 overall this season.

The Wildcats came out swinging early. Columbus took the lead in the first set and W-MU didn’t tie the game up until 19-19.

The Wildcats actually had three set points in the first set, but the Wolves were able to score with their backs against the wall. The game went into extra serves, where W-MU pulled out a nail-biting 27-25 win.

“It was kind of critical for us to pull that out, because we started very slow,” W-MU head coach David Pieart said after the game. “We didn’t make them play defense much, and they were making us pay for it.”

The Wolves used that momentum to win a blowout second set. W-MU jumped out to a double-digit lead early and eventually cruised to a 25-8 win.

Kyndal Townsley stepped in to serve for W-MU at the beginning of the third set. The Wolves immediately leaped out to a big lead. Townsley served 11 straight points to begin the set. The Wildcats were finally able to stop the run when a W-MU spike went into the net.

Columbus clawed back throughout the third set, cutting the Wolves’ lead almost in half at one point, but the Wildcats eventually ran out of time.

Leading 24-17, Anna Hudson closed the night out with an ace that gave the Wolves a 25-17 win to complete the three-game sweep.

Coach Pieart pointed to the first set as a spring board for the Wolves success.

“The game could have went a whole different way there if we didn’t pull it out,” Piaert said. “It was good for us to hold off three set points.”

Jenna Buffington led the Wolves with 11 kills. Townsley and Liana Sweezer had five kills each. Hudson and Kayla Edwards had four kills. Madie Anderson had two, and Jami Wilkerson finished with one.

Edwards led the Wolves with 23 assists. Townsley’s 28 digs led the defense. Anderson and Buffington each had one block.

Townsley finished 20-22 with four aces on the serve. Wilkerson was 14-14 with three aces. Hudson and Buffington each had two aces in the loss. Edwards and Sabrina Moody had one ace each.

Kayla Beenan had seven kills to lead Columbus in the loss. Angie Byas and Olivia Carrier had four kills each. Michelle Diaz had one kill and Emma Milder finished with one.

Milder had a team-leading 17 digs for Columbus. Taylor Howell had 13 assists. Byas had the team’s only block.

Milder led the team serving, going 13-13 with three aces. Beenen finished the day with two aces.

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