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Eagles Sweep Hornets, Improve to 6-2 in ODAC

BC middle hitter Carleigh Studtmann celebrates after a point.

BRIDGEWATER, VA. - The Bridgewater College Volleyball returned to the court at home on Wednesday night, sweeping the Shenandoah Hornets by a final score of 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-12). 

Senior middle hitter Carleigh Studtmann and junior setter Victoria Wilson led the way for the Eagles. Studtmann led all players with a season-high 14 kills and had a .400 kill percentage to go along with three blocks. Wilson was involved in almost every kill for the Eagles, racking up 43 assists on the night and two service aces. Allison Clark and Madison Haynes each added 11 kills a piece. Macon Frey had 13 assists while Jenna Hamra added three service aces and eight digs. 

Emily Cheatwood led the attack for the Hornets with seven kills. Kaitlyn Kelly added three kills and nine digs. 

Bridgewater held Shenandoah to just 21 kills, while the Eagles more than doubled that, serving up 51 kills on the night. 

The first set was back-and-fourth, neither team held a comforatable lead at all during the set. BC went on a 6-0 rally to make the score 9-3, riding out the serve of Frey on an attack by Clark and four Hornets errors. Later in the set, four errors by Bridgewater let Shenandoah tie it up at 20. The Hornets took their first lead of the game, grabbing a 22-20 lead until Bridgewater scored five straight points to take the set win. 

BC took a more comforatable lead in set two after a 7-0 rally, which included two service aces from Wilson to put them up 21-11. The Hornets responded with three straight points, but were never able to recover, losing the set 25-16. 

Bridgewater was strong all-around in set three, and were able to control a strong lead throughout the set on Shenandoah errors. Studtmann had six attacks in the final set, and Haynes added a service ace. 

The Eagles will now prepare to compete in a Tri-Match on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Buena Vista, Va. They are set to play Penn St. Harrisburg at 1:00 p.m. and Southern Virginia at 3:00 p.m.