Wildcats finish 4-1 in homestand

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The Baker University volleyball team had a busy weekend, playing five matches in three days at Collins Center.

However, the heavy schedule did not faze the Wildcats as they went 4-1 during the homestand.

The ‘Cats kicked off their run with a 3-1 win over William Woods University Thursday and sweeping day one of the Baker University Invitational Friday.

John Brown University handed Baker its only loss of the tournament Saturday, despite dropping the first set to the ‘Cats 25-19.

The Golden Eagles bounced back quickly though, taking the next three sets 27-25, 27-25 and 25-19.

Senior Savannah Smith leads Baker in kills and provided 13 more during the match behind the setting of fellow senior Jana Boss, who added 34 assists.

The ‘Cats turned around Saturday to play in the final match of the tournament against Kansas Wesleyan University.

Baker made quick work of the Coyotes with a three-set sweep, 25-22, 25-13 and 25-15.

Smith added 12 more kills during the match and junior Crystal Simon followed closely behind providing 10 of her own.

Freshman middle hitter Danielle French continued to be a presence at the net with four blocks. French ranks third in the NAIA for total number of blocks with 56.

After starting off the season with a 4-4 record on the road, head coach Kathy Allen said she saw “tremendous improvement” from the team in the last five matches.

“We had really been struggling with our passing game…” Allen said. “Our passing has not been up to par, and I saw our passing improve to the point over the last five games where we could really run our offense well.”

Junior libero Renata Dill lead Baker’s defense with 108 digs in the last five games.

The ‘Cats will return to action and kick off their conference schedule at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Central Methodist University in Collins Center.