Three Owls Record Double-Doubles In KSU's Win Over High Point

Three Owls Record Double-Doubles In KSU's Win Over High Point

KENNESAW, Ga. –After a shaky start in the first set, the Kennesaw State women's volleyball team buckled down and powered through a formidable High Point squad to win its 2018 home-opener in a five set thriller at the Convocation Center Thursday night, 20-25, 25-16, 25-17, 23-25, 15-17.

Four Owls finished the match with double-digit kills as sophomore Lauren Chastang (15 kills, 13 digs) and senior Maddie Jones (11 kills, 10 digs) recorded their second straight double-doubles. Junior Lexi Broadwater recorded a double-double as well with 49 assists and 10 digs, the first of her career.

How it Happened:The tempo was set right out of the gate as HPU jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead. The Panthers pushed their lead to as high as 12-7 before head coach Keith Schunzel called a timeout to regroup.

Out of the break, the Owls proceeded to go on a 7-1 run to take the lead 14-13. Both teams traded points until a late 5-0 run pulled HPU in front, 24-19, eventually leading to an opening set victory.

The Owls flipped the switch in the second set, racing out to an early 9-2 lead following a 7-0 run. Senior Liesl Engelbrecht recorded four blocks in the second set, three during KSU's opening run. Kennesaw State kept its foot on the gas throughout the rest of the set, holding the Panthers to a .000 hitting percentage, to win 25-16 and tie the match at one set a piece.

The Owls continued to take it to HPU in the third set with Chastang coming up big for KSU hitting .500 with five kills and a block. KSU ran away with the set, 25-17, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

With their backs against the wall, the Panthers would not go down quietly in the fourth set. Both teams battled back-and-forth in a set that saw 10 ties and five lead changes. Looking to put the match away, KSU took a 23-22 lead late in the set following a kill by Jones, her ninth of the night. High Point would hang on, closing out the set on a 3-0 run to tie the match 2-2 and force a deciding fifth set.

In the final set, the Owls looked for someone to step up once again, and sophomores Quin Sutphinand Chastang answered. After a block by Sutphin and Broadwater gave KSU a 7-6 lead at the switch, the Owls seized control and did not let go.

KSU closed the door on HPU with an 8-0 run, hitting a blistering .450 in the set, to win the deciding set, 15-7, and the match 3-2. Sutphin and Chastang combined for six of KSU's final eight points, and eight of KSU's 15 in the set. Chastang recorded four kills in the deciding set hitting .428, while Sutphin recorded three of her team-leading seven blocks in the fifth.

Notable:The Owls appeared to get better as the match went on, hitting .098 in the first set, .222 in the second, .333 in the third, .238 in the fourth and .450 in the fifth set … Sophomore libero Karlee Groover recorded a career-high 24 digs against HPU … Senior Sydni Shelton logged a season-high 14 kills hitting .448 for the match … Fellow senior Liesl Engelbrecht finished with 12 kills, including six blocks, her second straight match with five or more blocks … Sutphin's career-high seven blocks also marks back-to-back matches with five or more blocks … As a team, the Owls have recorded 10 or more blocks in the past two matches … This is the second straight five-set match the Owls have won.

Up Next:The Owls close out the ASUN/Big South Challenge Friday night against Presbyterian at 7 p.m.