West Chester, PA- The West Chester Women’s volleyball team lost three games in a week that they would rather forget. It began on Tuesday when the Golden Rams were swept 3-0 by undefeated Kutztown.
Kutztown came out swinging and built an early lead in the first game. Eventually West Chester settled down and got into an offensive rhythm, but inconsistent blocking and digs on defense lead to the two teams simply trading points until West Chester called a time-out. For a moment it looked as if the Rams would come from behind, scoring five straight points and getting the crowd back into the game, but Kutztown responded and closed the door on any comeback as they won 30-23.
Kutztown followed with two carbon copy performances in the following games. West Chester kept close the whole game- close, but no cigar. They lost all three by the same 30-23 score.
West Chester was led by Lisa Yeasted who had 30 assists and 11 digs, and by Jackie Vivanco who posted a dozen digs.
Nicole Vetock and Kristen Decker each had 10 kills, while Decker posted 11 digs. Kelly Wrobel collected 14 digs on defense.
Friday night, the team traveled to Indiana, PA, to play California University of Pennsylvania.
The Golden Rams dropped game one 30-19, tied the match 1-1 with a win in game two 30-21, fell behind again with a loss in game three 30-22, then forced a fifth game with a 30-27 victory in game four. But the Bears pulled the rug from under the Rams’ feet dealing a heartbreaking 15-13 loss to the Golden Rams.
Vetock led the Golden Rams with 19 kills and five block solos, while Yeasted had 50 assists, 12 digs and six kills. Decker posted 14 digs, 14 kills and a block solo.
Ashley Zech turned in a strong defensive performance with 26 digs to top the Golden Rams.
Saturday morning, the Golden Rams suffered their third and final loss of the week at the hands of Slippery Rock, 3-1.
The Golden Rams dropped game one 30-22, beat The Rock 30-27 in game two, then lost games three and four 30-15, 30-14, respectively.
Vetock again led the Golden Rams with 14 kills and a trio of digs, while Yeasted had 30 assists, nine digs and seven kills. Decker contributed 17 digs and eight kills.
Jenna Burd also had eight kills to go along with four digs, and Grace Acker contributed 14 digs on defense.
West Chester is now 8-5 on the season. Next they travel to Millersville on Tuesday. Their next home game is at 7 p.m. on Thursday against the University