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Southwestern goes 3-1 at Highland

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 1:50 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 7:12 a.m. CDT

HIGHLAND, Kan. — Southwestern’s volleyball team went 3-1 last weekend at the Highland (Kan.) Tournament.

The Spartans opened with a 25-20, 25-23, 27-25 victory over Allen County, Kan. Alex Duffy had a team-high 14 kills and was 12-12 at the service line with one ace.

No. 14-ranked Kansas City (Kan.) beat Southwestern 25-14, 25-18, 24-26, 25-22. Allyson Kocour had 14 kills for the Spartans and Molly Schimp collected 35 digs. Shelby Sullivan served 13-14 with an ace.

SWCC won twice on Saturday. The opener was a 25-20, 25-8, 25-18 victory over Pratt Community College (Kan.). Shelby Sullivan had nine kills, Ashley Strong was 16-18 serving with three aces and Cassidy Yong set 30 assists.

Duffy and Kocour each had 12 kills as Southwestern edged Highland (Kan.), 22-25, 34-32, 26-24. Yong set 45 assists and Schimp had 32 digs. The Spartans trailed by seven in the second set before pulling out the overtime win.

“This was a great tournament for us,” SWCC coach Melissa Blessington said. “Our defense was noticeably better this weekend. Our hitters came through in clutch moments. Almost all of our games were close and we needed everyone to be on in order to win. This weekend was some of our best volleyball. Our girls are getting better and that is what we want.”

Southwestern, now 11-3, hosts Division I third-ranked Iowa Western Community College at 6:30 p.m. today. That’s followed by a rugged conference road match at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday.

SWCC 3, Allen Co. 0

Attacks (kills) — Alex Duffy 14, Allyson Kocour 11, Shelby Sullivan 8.

Blocks —  Mel Mangrum 3, Duffy 3.

Serving (aces) — Kocour 13-15 (2); Duffy 12-12 (1).

Setting (assists) —  Cassidy Yong 14.

Digs — Molly Schimp 25, Ashley Strong 14.

Kansas City (Kan.) 3, SWCC 1

Attacks (kills) — Kocour 14, Duffy 1-, Shelby Sullivan 9.

Blocks —  Kocour 5, Mangrum 5, Sullivan 2, Duffy 2.

Serving (aces) — Sullivan 13-14 (1), Schimp 9-10 (1).

Setting (assists) —  C. Yong 30.

Digs — Schimp 20, Strong 10.

SWCC 3, Pratt (Kan.) 0

Attacks (kills) — Sullivan 9, Jenna Casey 7.

Blocks —  Mangrum 2.

Serving (aces) — Strong 16-18 (3), Sullivan 10-11 (3).

Setting (assists) —  C. Yong 30.

Digs — Schimp 20, Strong 10.

SWCC 3, Highland (Kan.) 0

Attacks (kills) — Duffy 12, Kocour 12, Casey 11.

Blocks —  Kocour 2, Mangrum 2.

Serving (aces) — Kocour 19-19 (2), Duffy 12-12 (2).

Setting (assists) —  C. Yong 45, Sullivan 4.

Digs — Schimp 32, Sullivan 18, Strong 13, Serena Yong 12, C. Yong 11.

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