The Statesmen volleyball team produced its top performance of the fall, sweeping Hannibal-LaGrange 3-0 in non-conference action Tuesday.
William Penn (4-14) won by scores of 25-13, 25-17, 27-25.
Two Savanna Hartman (Jr., Morgan Hill, Calif., Psychology) kills and a pair of aces by Claire Simmons (Fr., Williamsburg, Iowa, Psychology) helped WPU score the night’s first four points en route to an easy first set victory. The second set was much of the same with the Statesmen cruising after pulling out to another big advantage.
The navy and gold finally trailed for the first time as the third set commenced. Fortunately, after a plethora of ties and lead changes, the visitors took the lead for good at 26-25 and then Simmons wrapped up the victory with a game-winning kill, one of her nine on the night.
In a match that witnessed William Penn holding a .210-.133 hitting edge, Hartman had 10 kills with a .500 attack percentage. Simmons added five aces, while Leyra Jusino (Sr., Bayamon, P.R., General Biology) contributed 25 assists and 14 digs.
“We have been working really hard in practice and last week little pieces fell into place,” Head Coach Jennifer Carlson said. “Today we focused on tweaking a few more things. This change is a slow process, but we are coming together one step at a time. I am really proud of our team.”
Next Up: William Penn returns to Oskaloosa Friday to host Benedictine (Kan.) in Heart of America Athletic Conference action at 7 p.m.