Radford Volleyball: 2019 Radford Invitational Volleyball Tournament

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By: Lilly Demastus | ldemastus@radford.edu

Radford Volleyball manages only one win out of three matches, as the host of the Radford Invitational Volleyball Tournament this past weekend.

Freshman, Mackenzie Meehan stated, “We did not take care of what we needed to in the third set,” which became the first of three straight losing sets.The Highlanders played the Toledo Rockets in their first match of the tournament. It was a best-of-five-set that ended 2 to 3 with the Rockets winning. The first two sets were in the Highlanders favor as they dominated on the court.

However, in the third set, the momentum shifted. The Highlanders began to make errors which cost them the last three sets of the match. 

Coach Marci Byers said, “It was errors that troubled the team.” While Freshman, Mackenzie Meehan stated, “We did not take care of what we needed to in the third set,” which became the first of three straight losing sets.

Senior Stephanie Neast leads the team in kills this weekend with eleven in the first game. Sophomore, Taylor O’Neal was another leader this weekend with ten kills and five aces. The team overall had 56 kills. This takes their record to two wins and two losses so far this season and 0-1 in the tournament.

The second game was against the Fordham Rams. The final score of the match was 1-3 sets. Neast had 16 kills, and senior Mallory McKnight had 13 kills. Coomes also added 28 assists.

This win improved the Highlanders record to 2-2 and 1-1 for the tournament.

The third and final game was against the Rider University Broncs. The game was over in three sets. Neast had 13 kills, McKnight had six, O’Neal had five, and Coomes had 23 assists. 

Once again, errors were made, and in the end, the score reflected that.

This game wrapped up Radford’s play in the weekend invitational. They went 1-2 for the weekend. Even though the overall score did not show it, the Radford Highlanders put up a great fight and kept the score close in each set.

Radford will play again Friday, Sept. 13 in Philadelphia, PA against Temple.

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Photo Credit: (Jordan Bennett | The Tartan)

Featured Image: The volleyball team celebrating.