Yellow Jackets fall in straight sets to Westminster

Waynesburg moves to 2-18 overall, 0-10 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference

In the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse, the Waynesburg University volleyball team suffered yet another loss to Presidents’ Athletic Conference leading, Westminster College Thursday night.

The struggles continued for the Yellow Jackets [2-18, 2-9] as they were winless in Thursday night’s game, suffering a 3-0 straight sets defeat, a set score that has occurred the past four matches for the Jackets. The Jackets haven’t won a single set since Oct. 9 against Grove City College.

Similar to their previous match with the Titans [21-1, 10-0], Waynesburg kept the first and third sets close and competitive. The Jackets found themselves in a 23-18 hole in the first set, but climbed their way back up to make it 23-22. In the end, however, it was Westminster who had had the final say, scoring the last two points and snagging the first set, 25-22.

The trend of dropping the second set continued for Waynesburg as the Titans rolled in the second set 25-11. In the third set, it was a similar story to how the first one went.

Head coach Hayley Kirby, who is in her second season, said that although the team fought hard to bounce back in the third set, the team “didn’t do what we needed to do.” . 

Kirby pointed out factors such as not going for balls and missed serves as contributors to losing at the end of the close sets, another trend that seems to be recurring.

“Those are just things that can’t happen at the end of a set,” Kirby said. “It can’t happen in the middle of a set. You have to go for every ball.”

Alyssa Proper led the team in both assists [13] and service aces [4,] alongside Alyson Johnson who led the team with 24 digs. Kirby complimented freshman Kayla Stohon on her performance as well, expressing that she played really well and was a big factor in the team’s play.

“We gave her a lot more balls then we typically do because we knew she could handle it,” Kirby said.

Stohon ended the night with six  kills for the Yellow Jackets.

Waynesburg will look to break its 10 game losing streak Saturday, Oct. 19,  at Penn State Shenango, a game in which coach Kirby believes they have a great opportunity to get their third win. 

The start time for the final non-conference match-up of the season will be 1 p.m. Waynesburg scrimmaged the Lions at the beginning of the year, winning by a large margin.

“They are a first-year program,” Kirby said “so they are kind of just building, but so are we. So, I think we will just hopefully take on the challenge of playing well against a team that we are more talented than.”