Courtesy EKU Athletics

Eastern Kentucky University’s volleyball team lost to Bellarmine University, 3-1, on Sunday in Louisville.

The Knights won by scores of 13-25, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-17.

Carson Ledford and Sarah Mitchell had eight kills each for EKU (12-11, 3-6 ASUN).  Ledford made just wo errors, hit .429 and had five blocks.  Molly Michalak had seven kills and 19 digs.

Bailey Venard led all players with 20 kills for Bellarmine (9-12, 3-6 ASUN).

With the first set tied 6-6, Maddy Campbell began a 4-0 run with a kill.  Back-to-back errors by the Knights put Eastern Kentucky on top 10-6.  Mitchell’s kill made it 17-9 in favor of the Colonels.  Campbell’s ace stretched the margin to double figures, 23-13.  Two consecutive attack errors by Bellarmine ended the set, 25-13.

The Knights scored the first two points of the second set and never trailed.  Emily Arnold made it 10-5 with an ace.  Jayme Scott’s kill ended the set and tied the match. 

With the third set tied, 16-16, Bellarmine scored three straight to grab a slight advantage.  Venard’s kill made it 19-16.  EKU got within one, 19-18, on a BU error, but never any closer.

Bellarmine took the lead for good in the fourth set on Kylie VanHoy’s kill that made it 4-3.  A block by Ledford and Michalak kept Eastern Kentucky within one, 11-10, however the Knights scored the next three and pulled away for an eight-point win in the set.

The Colonels will host North Florida on Friday and Jacksonville on Saturday.  Friday will be 80’s Night at McBrayer Arena.

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Kevin Britton

Associate Director of EKUSports Communications

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