Pictured Above: Volleyball huddles up during a break to talk strategy. (File Photo)

Cale Eirich

Staff Reporter

The Lady Builder’s finally got hot at the net Wednesday, sweeping Bethel for their first conference win of the season.

Southwestern dominated Bethel College with a .290 hitting percentage, and added 7 blocks on defense. Kanami Ellis, freshman outside hitter, led the way with a team high .450 attacking percentage and 10 kills on the night.

“It feels good to know that my team trusts me to put the ball down and lead the offense in a win,” said Ellis.

A conference win was exactly what the Lady Builders were looking for coming off a five-set loss at York earlier this week.

“(This win’s) very important,” explained Carolina Garbato, head volleyball coach. “After a tough loss on Monday evening we needed this win to gain momentum.”

Southwestern was able to attack early and often, scoring 10 aces in the game’s three sets.

“We served aggressively so they were out of system and couldn’t run an offense against us,” said Catabrean Baumann, junior setter. “Our hitters did their job tonight as well.”

Baumann was key in setting up the offense, assisting on 31 of the team’s 37 kills, and added 11 digs for a double-double on the night.  The night was dominated by the Builders runs.  Southwestern started the first set on a 9-1 run, followed by a 10-1 run to finish it off after the Treshers cut the score to 15-14.

In the final set Southwestern started fast, pushing their lead to 12-5, and dominated the rest of the way to sweep Bethel after a 25-16 win in the third set.

“We are getting better every day and this win came at a great time,” said Garbato. “So, we need to continue to play better and better each day and to play for one another each day.”

The Lady Builder’s will look to capitalize on their newly gained momentum as they go on the road to play at Bethany on Friday.

Cale Eirich is a freshman majoring in communication. You may contact him at cale.eirich@sckans.edu