September 24, 2013 | by Matthew Murphy
Up and Down Week For Volleyball

Last week, the Rams headed out to New Castle, Del. to take on the Wilmington University Wildcats.

However, the match started off a little shaky as the Rams dropped the first set 17-25.  They rallied to win the second 25-19, but dropped the third set 18-25. The penultimate set belonged to the Rams, winning 25-21. The Rams wrapped up their win by dropping the Wildcats 15-12 in the fifth set.

Senior middle hitter Meg Kenny of Lynchburg, Va. paced the Rams with an impressive 16 kills, while junior Valerie Bour of Willoughby Hills, Ohio added an equally impressive 15 kills. Senior outside hitter Kayla Walker of Palmyra, Va added 13 kills for Shepherd.

Senior outside hitter Melani Lewis of Bay Shore, N.Y. added 10 kills along with 18 digs. Junior setter Taylor Belella had an 16 digs with an 31 assists, while Delaware native Lauren Summa had a match-high 35 digs.

Other standouts for the Rams included Virginia Beach, Va. native Tommie Jo David, who had 11 digs and 24 assists. Taylor Allen of nearby Inwood, W.Va. recorded 16 digs for the Rams.

But, afterwards things got worse for the Rams. While in Brookville, N.Y., the team lost both of its matches by scores of 0-3 and 1-3. Their first match was against Roberts Wesleyan. Bour had 10 kills and six digs in the match while Anna Roper of Huntingtown, Md. recorded seven kills. Belella had five digs and 19 assists. Ultimately, the Rams, fell in straight sets: 25-19, 27-25, 25-19.

LIU Post won in four sets; 25-19, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21. Lewis recorded 15 digs and 15 kills for Shepherd while Kenny and Bour both added eight kills. Summa added 14 digs for the Rams.

Next up for the Rams are NYIT, Concord and UVA-Wise. The Rams’ next home match is Oct. 11 against Wheeling Jesuit.

Matthew Murphy

Sports Editor

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