Kutztown University Athletics

09/06/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/06/2019 20:32

Wilson moves into seventh in career digs as Bears split

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. --
recorded her fourth career 30-dig match and moved into seventh-place on Kutztown's all-time digs list, while totaled 36 kills during an opening-day split for the Golden Bears at the Shippensburg Raider Classic. KU defeated Chestnut Hill, 3-1, in its first match, but fell to Walsh by the same score in its nightcap.

KUTZTOWN 3, CHESTNUT HILL 1
21-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22

Kutztown bounced back from a 25-21 loss in the first set to take three straight and dispatch of the Griffins.

Momentum started to turn in the Golden Bears' (1-0) favor midway through the second set. Trailing 11-7, KU rattled off 12 consecutive points to take control. had two kills and two blocks in the run, Owen added two kills and a block and Allie Henderson collected an ace.

Kutztown would continue to pull away, scoring a 25-15 victory to even the match. Henderson stepped up with five kills in the third, including four in the late stages of the set to push the Maroon and Gold in front with a 25-22 win.

The two teams swapped the lead five times in the fourth set. Though KU had its best offensive set with a .273 hitting percentage and 19 kills, the result remained in question until assisted on back-to-back kills by and Owen to give the Bears a 25-22 win and the match victory.

James produced a match-high 26 assists, 15 digs and three aces. Owen (17), Henderson (14) and Hewitt (12) all reached double figures in kills, and Wilson shut down Chestnut Hill's (0-1) attacks with 21 digs over the final two sets. Henderson added 10 digs for a double-double.

The victory marked No. 595 in the career of , as the 23rd-year KU head coach (32nd year overall) closes in on 600.

WALSH 3, KUTZTOWN 1
20-25, 30-28, 17-25, 14-25

Walsh got 24 kills from Lauren Loucks and hit .289 for the match to deny the Golden Bears a sweep in four sets.

The Golden Bears (1-1) once again fought back from a set down to tie the match and did so in dramatic fashion. Down 24-22 in the second, and Henderson had kills to tie it and KU went in front on a combo block from Hewitt and Henderson.

Walsh would have another set point at 26-25, but Henderson finished off a pass from freshman setter to keep the Bears alive. Morrow and Hewitt teamed up on a block for a 27-26 lead, while Hewitt and Henderson stuffed Justine Coffman a few points later to make it 28-27 KU.

A kill from Owen and a Hewitt ace finally put away the Cavaliers (1-0), 30-28.

Kutztown was unable to build on the win, however, hitting just .118 and .111 in the final two sets.

Owen finished with a team-high 19 kills and Henderson added 10. Wilson had 28 digs and 10 assists, and Morrow supplied 14 assists and 11 digs.

Wilson entered Friday ninth on KU's career digs list with 1,076, but moved ahead of Austin Kinney (1,096) and Anna Conti (1,123) into sole possession of seventh by day's end. The junior libero combined for 58 digs across the Golden Bears' two matches to increase her career total to 1,134.

Kutztown concludes play at the Raider Classic on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against Roberts Wesleyan.