WBC volleyball splits conference matches on the road

Walnut Ridge, Ark (WBCEagles.com) - The Williams Baptist College volleyball team completed a busy weekend on the road, where it faced off against Hannibal-LaGrange University and Benedictine-Springfield University. The Lady Eagles came home splitting their two road contests.

WBC fell to HLG on Friday night in a highly contested five set match (25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 20-25, 12-15) and beat Benedictine-Springfield Saturday in straight sets (25-16, 25-23, 25-23).

Williams won two of the first three sets against the Trojans, but Hannibal rallied to take the final two sets of the match. Junior middle-blocker Jameea Ward led the offensive charge with thirteen kills. Kaillie Ralston, a sophomore from Denton, Texas, added six kills. Outside hitters Madison Laubach and Emily Umbaugh tallied five kills for WBC, respectively.

Freshman setter Taylor Barton led Williams with seventeen assists, with senior setter Makenna Wiedower adding fifteen assists for the Eagles. Ralston led the defense with nineteen digs and junior libero Shelby Upshaw added sixteen digs.

WBC dispatched any threat from the Bulldogs of Benedictine-Springfield by sweeping the contest in straight sets. Ralston led the offense with twelve kills, sophomore Harley Strayhorn from Marion, Ark., tallied eight kills, and Laubach added five kills. Wiedower notched twenty assists against the Bulldogs. Upshaw led on defense with seven digs, Jessica Baugh, a freshman from Paragould, Ark., added six digs, and Ward finished with five kills.

Williams's record improves to 13-7 overall on the season. The team's next scheduled match is for Tuesday, October 15, against American Midwest Conference foe Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. WBC will return home on Oct. 24, for an AMC matchup with Lyon College. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in WBC's Southerland-Mabee Center.