The Charger volleyball team was brutally efficient in extending its winning streak to 16 Saturday afternoon in a 3-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan College in Hillsdale's first home match in 34 days.
The win makes Hillsdale 23-3 overall and 13-2 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The team is back home Sunday at noon when it faces Trevecca Nazarene in a match that had been previously scheduled for Friday night.
The Chargers won the sets by scores of 25-14, 25-13 and 25-14 and took big early leads in all three sets. The team had a .340 hitting percentage for the match, generating 48 kills on just 13 errors. On the other side of the net, Hillsdale held the Panthers to a .018 hitting percentage for the match, an indication of how strong Hillsdale's middle play was, led by freshman Allyssa Van Wienen.
Showing impressive power and confidence, Van Wienen was unstoppable with a team-high 14 kills, along with a solo block and 3 block assists. She was on the receiving end of some pinpoint sets from setter Lindsey Mertz, and she consistently hit it over the KWC block, finding open gaps in the opposing defense all night long.
Junior Kara Vyletel had a strong offensive match with 11 kills and a .417 hitting percentage, needing just 24 attempts to pick up her 11 kills. Junior Paige VanderWall hit .462 with 7 kills, 8 digs and 2 block assists, and freshman Maddie Clark came off the bench to provide 4 kills and 7 digs with no errors.
Mertz had 36 assists and 6 digs, while sophomore Taylor Wiese had 19 digs to lead the defense.