Owls Cap Off ASUN Opening Weekend With Second Straight Sweep

Owls Cap Off ASUN Opening Weekend With Second Straight Sweep

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 The Kennesaw State volleyball team capped off its ASUN opening weekend with another dominant 3-0 sweep, 25-15, 25-13, 25-13, in its first-ever meeting with North Alabama.

How it happened: The Owls (11-4, 2-0) took it to the newest members of the ASUN right from the get-go, hitting an impressive .517 in the first set.

KSU began to pull away from the Lions (2-9, 0-2) following a 5-1 run in which sophomore Quin Sutphin recorded three kills to make it 12-7. Sutphin commanded the opening set, logging seven kills while hitting a blazing .875.

The Owls built their lead to as high as 11 points after a 7-1 run, capped off by an ace from Lexi Broadwater, earned set point, 24-13. UNA fought off back-to-back set points, but Sutphin closed it out with a kill to give KSU the opening set victory. 

The momentum continued into the second set as KSU opened with a 6-0 run to take a 7-1 lead. The Owls kept UNA at arms-length throughout the set, building their lead up to 20-10 following a kill from Lauren Chastang. After a kill from Madeline Johnson gave KSU a 22-12 lead, freshman Jasmine Brown entered the match, recording three straight kills to end the set, 25-13, and give the Owls a 2-0 lead at intermission.

North Alabama played a much closer set out of the break, trading points with the Owls to take an early 6-5 lead. Sutphin then tied the match at 6-6, sparking a 6-1 run for KSU to lead 12-7. Back in front, the Owls pushed the tempo, extending their lead to 18-10.

KSU closed out the match with five straight points, capped off by a match-clinching kill from Johnson for the second straight time.

Notes: The Owls finished the match hitting .386, their best hitting percentage of the season … Lauren Chastang led the team with 12 kills, her 13th straight match with double-digit kills … Quin Sutphin hit an incredible .750 for the match, tying her season-high, recording nine kills and zero errors … senior Sydni Shelton and freshman Dani Ballou both added eight kills … Lexi Broadwaterrecorded 43 assists in the match, tied for the third-most all-time in a three set match … Broadwater is now fifth all-time at KSU with 716 career assists.

Quotes: Head Coach Keith Schunzel
On the Owls play…
"Really happy with the competitive, consistent mentality we brought to all three sets today. We've been talking a lot about our standard, what that looks like and how that feels no matter who is on the other side of the net. Today we did a great job with that."

Up Next: The Owls return to the Convocation Center for their conference home opener Friday against Stetson. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.