HOLYOKE, Mass.- The Mount Holyoke Lyons went undefeated for the day taking six straight sets on the day defeating host Bay Path 3-0 and then taking Lyndon State 3-0 for the season opener. In the final match despite a back and forth score, the Wildcats succumbed to the Hornets 3-0 in the longest match of the day. Junior libero Kacie Bayreuther finished the day with 28 digs, five kills and two service aces.
Game One: Bay Path opened up their 2013 campaign falling in three games to visiting Mount Holyoke College 25-10, 25-8 and 25-9. The Lyons were led by sophomore outside hitter Emma Sweeting (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) with a .320 attack percentage tallying match high eleven kills. Sweeting also chipped in eight service aces. Fellow Lyon junior outside hitter Rebecca Bland (Durham, N.C.) hit a sizzling .600 for the match with six kills and added six service aces.
Defensively the Lyons were topped by defensive specialist Kaleen Iwema (Wadsworth, Ill.) with seven digs. Bay Path's junior Libero Kacie Bayreuther (East Lyme, Conn.) led all players with a match high 14 digs. Bayreuther also added two kills. Senior outside hitter/setter Kate Bartels (Dalton, Mass.) also chipped in two kills and four assists.
Game Two: For the second straight match the Lyons of Mount Holyoke proved victorious defeating the visiting Hornets of Lyndon State in the second match of the tri-match 25-17, 25-19 and 25-22. Iwema topped all players with nine kills. She added three service aces and five digs. Following close was Sweeting with eight kills, two service aces, five digs, one block solo and one block assist. The Lyons first year libero Athena Donta (Hadley, Mass.) led all players on the defense front with 13 digs, while junior setter Stephany Yang (Glen Allen, Va.) finished with 13 assists.
Despite a six point lead early in the third game the Hornets were unable to force the fourth set. Senior outside hitter Morgan Diltz (Moultonborough, N.H.) finished with a .300 attack percentage with five kills, four digs and two block assists. Fellow senior and outside hitter Sarah Adams (Alton, N.H.) also produced five kills and chipped in seven digs.
Mount Holyoke returns to the court on Tuesday in a 7pm match against Newbury. That match will be played at Hellenic College. Bay Path will be back in action hosting a tourney on Saturday, September 7th beginning at 10:00am, while Lyndon State hosts MCLA on Tuesday at 7pm.
Game Story courtesy of Bay Path College Sports Information.