The visiting Crandall University Chargers women’s volleyball didn’t stand much of a chance against the high-energy Tommies on Feb. 1 at the Lady Beaverbrook Gym.
Third-year left side Jennica Jean ended the first set with a high rising spike over the left side of the net. The Chargers were unable to handle the spike with their attempt at volleying the ball back went way out of bounds.
The Tommies took the first set with a score of 25-15. The Chargers made 12 receiving errors while STU went on to sweep them away with a 3-0, set scores being 25-15, 25-14 and 25-11.
Head coach Don McKay made sure to get all of his players in for a chance to shine against the younger, struggling Chargers.
“We were able to play a lot of players. They’re a young team, so it’s difficult for them when we’re firing on all cylinders,” McKay said.
Crandall struggled throughout the entire game, as the first set was their closest to a set win. They made 15 hitting errors and finished with a poor hitting percentage of 0.025. To end the game off, fourth-year right side Olivia Ormond made three straight service aces to put the Tommies up to 23, two points away from the sweep. Ormond would finish the game with another serve the Chargers couldn’t handle, as they bumped the ball way out of bounds to the back of the gym.
Despite every player getting on the court, McKay said his veterans, fourth-year left side Megan Mills and fourth-year middle Hannah Millier, still stood out.
“Mills has been awesome for three weeks now. When the two of them are firing … we get a lot of offense.”
Both Millier and Mills were tied for the game high of 12 kills. The second-year setter Caitlin Jones led the team in assists with 28.
The Tommies now sit in third in the ACAA with a 9-3 record, while Crandall remains at the bottom of the standings, with a 0-14 record.