MONTGOMERY, W.Va — The St. Andrews University volleyball team started the season off on the right foot as they rolled to two wins over West Virginia Tech on Saturday.
The Lady Knights, led by second-year head coach Holly Mandeville, swept the first match from the Lady Bears 25-21, 25-21, and 25-16 as they were led by eight kills from freshman Anne Patterson and seven kills from senior middle blocker Kendelyn Wheaton.
Sophomore setter Alexis Cordova and freshman setter Sullivan Owens also each led with 12 and 10 assists respectively.
Libero Sierra Barnedo led the Knights with 17 digs while junior Taylor Clay led with four solo blocks.
In the rematch, later Saturday, the Knights received more of a challenge from W.Va Tech as the Bears won the first set 25-18 before the Lady Knights reeled off the next three 25-19, 25-17, and 25-18 to improve to 2-0 heading into their home opener on Tuesday night.
In game two, freshman outside hitter Tessa Smith led the Knights with 10 kills while Patterson had nine and Wheaton had eight. Smith was successful on 30 percent of her attacks as well during the second game. Cordova again led with 15 assists while co-setter Owens had 14.
Smith also contributed with five aces off her serve as well while freshman Nora Darrhar (Rabat, Morocco) led with 14 digs and also had six kills as she got in on the action in her college debut.
Middle blocker Taylor Clay again led the Knights at the net with seven solo blocks.