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Volleyball goes 4-0 at Bellevue

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

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The volleyball team swept all four matches at the Bellevue University Labor Day Classic in Bellevue, Nebraska, improving to 7-1 on the season.

On Friday morning Baker trailed Maryville State 2-1 going into the fourth set but held on to win the fourth 25-23 and the fifth and final set 15-13. Baker hit 15 percent in the five-set victory, and senior Danielle French had 16 kills. Sophomores Jenna Sackman and Brittney Diehm both led in assists with 30 and 24, respectively.

In the second match of Friday’s action, Baker dominated the College of the Ozarks Bobcats 3-0. College of the Ozarks kept things close in the first set, but Baker won 25-22. In the final two sets Baker took over and put the Bobcats away with consecutive 25-12 victories. Baker’s kill percentage was doubled from earlier in the day up to just above 30 percent. Senior Natalie Minchow had 8 kills and Fench had 7. Junior Kadie Baumgardner led Baker with 22 digs.

Baker started Saturday off with another easy 3-0 victory against William Woods University 25-17, 25-13, 25-12. The Wildcats spread the hitting with eight different players recording a kill. Junior Haleigh Offield led Baker with 8 kills, French recorded 7 and freshman Kailin Cordes had 5.

The finale of Baker’s tournament put the Wildcats together with the University of St. Francis from Joliet, Illinois. For the second time on the weekend Baker trailed 2-1 going into the fourth set. And for the second time Baker won the fourth set 25-23 and finished off the victory with a 15-13 win in the fifth set. It was Minchow, Fench and Offield at it again with a combined 29 kills between the three. Junior Liz Arnold had 6 kills.

This was the first perfect weekend at a tournament for Baker since Sept. 5-6 of 2014 at the Baker Invitational. Baker is off to one of its best starts in program history at 7-1.

Baker opens up the home campaign with a conference match against MidAmerica Nazarene University on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Collins Center. Baker has lost six straight to MNU and looks to snap that streak and keep its own four-match winning streak alive.