Setter Audrey Bennett and hitters Amelia Berg and Rylee Greiman each earned double-doubles Saturday night to help the Chadron State College volleyball team (5-18, 3-13 RMAC) defeat Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Westminster Griffins (5-21, 3-13 RMAC) in a thrilling 3-2 comeback win.
To earn a double-double in a single match, a player must hit double digits in two of five statistical categories: aces, kills, blocks, digs, and assists. Bennett had 15 digs and a whopping 57 assists to end the night. Berg came away with 18 kills and 25 digs while Greiman produced 12 kills and 29 digs.
Another Eagle who had a season-best performance was outside hitter Alli Keisel, who put up eight kills and only two errors on 16 total attempts for a hit percentage of .375.
The Griffins won set one 26-24 and set two 25-22 and were looking to sweep the Eagles in set three, which featured 15 tie scores and eight lead changes. At the start of the set, Greiman switched out of the libero position and moved to outside hitter. Taking over libero duties was defensive specialist Aracely Hernandez, who had a season-high 22 digs on the night. After both teams scored back and forth throughout the set, Berg and Greiman landed back-to-back kills from Bennett to fly away with the set 30-28.
Set four featured Greiman’s best offensive attack, which consisted of four kills and only one error out of 13 total attempts. Though the set had six tie scores and three lead changes, the Eagles kept their momentum going from the previous set to win 25-23.
The team put everything together in set five, coming away with nine kills and only two errors out of 20 total attempts for a team hit percentage of .350. That high percentage can be contributed to Berg landing three kills and zero errors on four attempts. Like the two previous sets, there were multiple tie scores and lead changes with the game-winning point coming from a Greiman kill off a perfectly set by Bennett. The took set five 15-13 and won the match 3-2.
“I thought we had a lot of heart and had some players step up at big moments,” said Head Volleyball Coach Jennifer Stadler. “[Audrey], Amelia, and Rylee did a great job of playing the roles their team needed.”
Four volleyball seniors who are set to graduate from Chadron State were honored by the school Saturday night. They were Amelia Berg, Aracely Hernandez, Alli Keisel, and Kincaid Strain.
The Eagles will wrap up the 2021 volleyball season in South Dakota next week, where they will take on South Dakota Mines (11-13, 5-11 RMAC) Friday night at 5 p.m. and Black Hills State (7-17, 4-12 RMAC) Saturday night at 5:30 p.m.