IW volleyball busts Blackburn

Iowa Wesleyan hosted Blackburn College in Ruble Arena on Tuesday night. The Tigers dropped the first meeting between the two teams this season, but evened the series with a 3-1 win over the Beavers this evening.

Iowa Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead over Blackburn with a 25-17 win in the opening set. The Tigers finished the set with 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .147, while the Beavers hit just .081 percent in the set.

Blackburn bounced back in the second set, converting for 12 kills on 39 attacks. IW recorded 10 kills but had nine errors, leading to a 22-25 loss in the second set.

The Tigers regained the lead after a 25-15 win in the third set. They had just one more kill than the Beavers, but Blackburn committed eight attack errors.

The fourth set was all Iowa Wesleyan. They jumped out to a 6-1 lead and did not look back. The Tigers finished the set with 11 kills and only three attack errors, resulting in a hitting percentage of .242.

Jordan Miller had a team-high .467 hitting percentage after converting on eight kills and only recording one attack error. Sydney Ellsworth led the Tigers with 10 kills in the match, while Paige Kammerer finished with 18 assists in the win.

Iowa Wesleyan will travel to Galesburg, Ill. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. They will take on Knox College at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match. The Tigers are now 7-17 overall and 5-8 in conference play this season.