ABOVE: The volleyball team celebrates after a point against Langston. The team won the game, landing them a record of 10-4. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Rjay McCoy
Builder Volleyball hosted the Langston Lions in a non-conference mid-week showdown in Stewart Field House on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Prior to facing the Langston Lions, the Lady Builders have been on a hot streak winning their last 9 games. The winning dates all the way back to the Fall Fling against Haskell Indian Nations University in Hutchinson, Kan., winning in three sets.
Tuesday night, the Builders notched 3-0 win with set scores of 25-19, 25-10, and 25-12 to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
The first set was the most competitive set as the Lady Lions didn’t go away easily with fighting back from a 23-13 deficit and taking the score to 23-18. The Lady Builders closed out the set winning two of the next three points, winning the set 25-19 from the Lady Lions.
The Builders took a stronghold of the second set getting out to a 10-3 lead and winning the second set of a score of 25-10 with help from junior middle hitter, Alyxandra Baker from Aledo, Texas, leading the team in kills with 12 on the night. Baker also led all scorers with 2 total blocks in the contest.
Being up in the match 2-0, the Builders did not let up on the gas pedal winning the third set 25-12 to win the game. Outside hitters Kiralyah Jones sophomore from Toronto, Ontario and senior Deardin Kelley from Carl Junction, MO, also contributed to the win with a combined total of 17 kills.
Junior setter Kaila Harris from Mesquite, TX, racked up 20 assists to lead all for the night.
“Trusting the process really got us here. We set small goals over things we need to accomplish and they ultimately lead to success,” said Emily White, senior.
A week ago White won KCAC Defender of the Week and led the team in digs against Langston as she propelled her team to a win.
After winning their 10th straight game, Charity Hall, sophomore, weighs in on keeping her head on straight.
“We have good team chemistry and we are learning how to build confidence in and off the court with each other. We trust one another to do and be something great when we get the opportunity,” said Hall.
With the win against Langston under their belt Builder Volleyball is back to the court to host Kansas Christian College on Sept. 20 at 7 pm in Stewart Fieldhouse. Come support the Lady Builders as they try to add on to their winning streak.
“It’s super exciting to be a part of a team that has the drive to want to win as well as putting in the work to achieve it. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the games to come,” said Jacquelyn Bogner, freshman outside hitter.