Kennesaw State Rolls Alabama 3-1 for Third SEC Win In Program History

Kennesaw State Rolls Alabama 3-1 for Third SEC Win In Program History

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (ksuowls.com) – Juniors Lauren Chastang and Quin Sutphin recorded 21 kills each as the Kennesaw State volleyball team rolled through Alabama in four sets, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-23, Tuesday night.
 
How it Happened: The Owls (7-3) and the Tide (8-2) battled back-and-forth to open the match, trading points as neither squad could get more than a two-point advantage. With KSU holding an 18-16 lead, Alabama ripped off the next five straight points to pull ahead 21-18. The Owls fought back to tie it up 22-22 following a 3-0 run, but UA scored the next three points to win the opening set.
 
After trading points to open the second set, the Owls took the lead, 7-3, after a 5-1 swing capped off by a kill and an ace from Sutphin. KSU pushed its lead to as high as 17-10, holding Alabama at bay the rest of the set. Sutphin clinched the set victory with back-to-back kills to even the match at 1-1.
 
The Owls ran away with the third set, racing out to a 7-3 lead, thanks to four kills from Chastang and an ace from Bri Becerra. KSU continued to assert itself throughout the set, hitting a blazing .545. The Owls pushed their lead to 11, 21-10, following three straight aces from Chastang. Chastang and Jasmine Brown closed out the set with back-to-back kills to put KSU in the driver's seat up 2-1. The Bayminette, Ala., native had seven kills and four aces in the third set.
 
KSU continued its momentum into the fourth set, leading 7-3 once again following yet another ace from Chastang. Alabama pulled back to within one, 10-9, but the Owls gained some breathing room thanks to a 4-0 run which featured two kills each from Sutphin and Chastang. KSU maintained its lead until the Tide strung together a 6-0 run to earn their first lead of the set, 22-21. After trading points, the Owls put the match away on a 3-0 run, sparked by a kill from Sutphin and finished with back-to-back kills from Chastang.
 
Notes: Tonight's match marked only the third time in KSU history two players have recorded 20 or more kills … Quin Sutphin finished the match hitting .679, the third highest hitting percentage in KSU single-match history … Sutphin's 21 kills marked a career-high … Lauren Chastang logged her second straight match with 20  or more kills, third of the season, with 21 kills … Jasmine Brown recorded her third straight match with double-digit kills, finishing with 11 … Lexi Broadwater recorded 54 assists in the match, a mark tied for fourth all-time in four-set matches … the Owls had their third straight match, fourth of the last five, with 10 or more aces, recording 11 … Chastang logged a career-high six aces while Bri Becerra tied her career-high with three … Karlee Groover logged her third straight match, fourth of the last five, with 20 or more digs, finishing with 21.
 
Quotes: Head Coach Keith Schunzel
On the victory…
"Another nice win for our team tonight. But more than the win, I'm happiest that as a team we played free, loose and simply competed our butts off for the vast majority of the night. When we do those things, we're awfully good. That was the most complete match that we've played since the Georgia Tech win."
 
On KSU's standout performances…
"Our first and second contacts were very good, led by Karlee Groover and Lexi Broadwater, who also both led our team with confidence, poise and aggression. Quin Sutphin had a ridiculous match, with 21 kills hitting almost .700."
 
On Lauren Chastang's performance…
"Lauren Chastang gave one of the most clutch performances I've ever seen as a coach. Playing in her home state, in front of a ton of people who came to cheer for her, at a school her mom played volleyball at. Lauren was nothing short of phenomenal tonight. That's competitive greatness at its best."
 
Up Next: The Owls close out non-conference play at the Gamecock Invitational this weekend, taking on Power-5 opponents Maryland Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by South Carolina Sunday at 12 p.m.

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