CARLINVILLE — The Blackburn College volleyball team served as host to Eureka College Tuesday, October 5 in the season home opener.
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Blackburn was in control in all three matches with no lead changes in the first two sets and only one tie.
While the Red Devils out-attacked the Beavers 109-104, the Beavers had a better hitting percentage. Blackburn was hitting 14.4% of all shots compared to Eureka’s 4.6%. As a result, the Beavers were able to get eight points via serve aces.
Blackburn effective on both sides of the ball
Blackburn’s offense was led by a multi-player corps with four players making at least six kills.
Emilie King and Jessica Muckensturm led the charge with eight kills on 18 attacks. Also racking up eight kills was Kyleigh Marty. Additionally, Lucy Magnussen had six kills and three service aces.
Sabrine Kelsey made contributions on the assist stat line, with 21 assists.
Autumn Wilson led the squad with 21 digs, followed by Kelsey’s 10 digs and 1 solo block. King also had three digs and led the lead with two solo blocks.
With the Beavers’ first win of the season in the books, they look forward to securing their second. Blackburn returns to action Saturday with matches against Spalding College and Principia College. First, the SLIAC match against Spalding tips off at 1 p.m. The non-conference contest against Principia will start shortly afterward.
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