Samford Volleyball won their final two home matches against Furman and the Citadel to push their record to 15-11 over the weekend. Although the ETSU Buccaneers have been crowned as the regular season SoCon champions, the Bulldogs will look to win out in their remaining schedule and are peaking at the right time.
Outside hitter Kenya McQuirter said, “Coming up with two wins to end our season on our home court, I think, is excellent momentum to carry us into this last week of conference play.”
In the Furman Title IX Anniversary Celebration match, the Bulldogs defeated the Paladins 3-1. Gracie Lynn Butler starred for Samford, as she notched a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. McQuirter also added 17 kills, which led the team. In addition, Kayla Keshock was prolific for the Bulldogs, having 18 assists, nine kills, six digs, and five service aces.
“I think Kayla dominated this past weekend, from her assists, her presence at the net, to her serving. She had an overall really good weekend,” McQuirter said.
In a Battle of the Bulldogs, Samford swept The Citadel 3-0. McQuirter and Kate Wonus both had nine kills. In her last home game for Samford, Lauren Deaton had eight kills and ten digs.
Outside hitter Butler said, “This team is like family. We are the sisters of Samford Volleyball. We are with each other so much that our teammates are our family.”
The sisterhood of the team will likely come in handy down the stretch, as the team’s chemistry radiates on and off the court. The Bulldogs are looking to give coach Keylor Chan his ninth NCAA Tournament appearance, with SoCon Tournament play starting Friday, Nov. 18.
Staff Writer (Sports)