Volleyball takes two of three in Florida

By: Josh Bozzick ~Guest Writer~

Newswire photo by Thomas vonAhlefeld | Agin goes for the kill against Cincinnati during their Aug. 29 game. Agin has 622 career kills and has played 309 sets.

The Musketeers have a lot to smile about after returning home from their trip to Florida State University this past weekend.

On Friday night they took down the Florida A&M Rattlers 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-14, 25-18), thanks to 11 kills from sophomore Kristen Massa and eight kills from sophomore Lauren Frilling. Early Saturday morning in their second contest against Coastal Carolina, the Musketeers squeaked by the Chanticleers 3-2 (25-15, 21-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-8). Junior Abbey Bessler posted 16 kills as did Massa in the victory.

Later on Saturday, the Musketeers took on the tournament hosts, Florida State Seminoles. The No. 19 nationally ranked Seminoles proved to be too much, as the Musketeers dropped their Aloft Seminole Invitational finale in three sets 0-3 (21-25, 24-26, 15-25).

Senior Makayla Agin posted a match-high 12 kills and finished the night with an impressive .536 hitting percentage. Redshirt junior Sophia Peterson contributed 10 kills, and freshmen McKena Estes distributed a match-high 20 assists in the losing effort.

The two Musketeers were recognized for their great play in Tallahassee over the weekend. Agin and Estes were tabbed to the Aloft Seminole Invitational All-Tournament Team, thanks to a second place finish in the four team field. Agin recorded a total of 25 kills with a .333 hitting percentage and Estes had a combined 40 assists and 24 digs in the three games.

The volleyball team now stands with a record of 4-5. The Musketeers are back in action this weekend for a home match in the comfy confines of Cintas Center. They will be facing another formidable foe: the No. 21 nationally ranked Kentucky Wildcats who have a record of 5-5. The game will be played at 6 p.m. Sept. 18.