SNU Advances Past UAM At GAC Tournament

Courtesy of
UAM Sports Information

HOT SPRINGS – The seventh-seeded University of Arkansas-Monticello’s volleyball team was eliminated from the 2014 Great American Conference Championship Tournament with a three-set loss to No. 2 seed Southern Nazarene Thursday afternoon at Bank of the Ozarks Arena.

With the loss, the Blossoms finalize the 2014 season at 15-15 overall. The Crimson Storm improves to 21-9 overall and advances to Friday’s semifinals round.

tv Sports reflection 10dbFinal game scores were 25-22, 25-11 and 25-14. After a back-and-forth opening set, UAM allowed SNU to record comfortable wins in the last two sets due in part to poor hitting percentages. UAM had just five kills in the second set to five errors, and followed that with six kills and nine errors in the third set.

As a whole, UAM totaled 23 kills and 22 errors on 133 swings for a .008 percentage. Southern Nazarene countered with 45 kills and 15 errors on 128 swings for a .227 team percentage.

UAM sophomore Kedra Johnson accounted for nearly half of UAM’s offense with 11 kills and just four errors on 23 attempts for a .304 individual percentage. Junior Sydni Schulz followed with five kills.

Junior Lani Kaiwi paced UAM’s defense with 15 digs. Junior Kaila Kikugawa turned in her 13th double-double of the season with 19 assists and 11 digs.

The Crimson Storm was led by Emilie Crawford and Taylor Jacobs with 12 and 11 kills, respectively.

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