Lady Wildcats sweep Jarvis Christian College for third conference victory

After getting a sweep in its home opener Thursday, the Wiley College women’s volleyball team followed with another on Saturday over Jarvis Christian College (25-14, 25-19, 25-11) to improve to 8-7 overall and 3-1 in Red River Athletic Conference play.

“This is the most consistent I’ve seen us play all year,” said head coach LaKyva Bason, who is a RRAC Coach of the Year candidate. “Maybe they are enjoying being at home. We are doing a really good job of handling the ball and taking care of business on our side of the court.”

The Lady Wildcats controlled the first set but fell behind in the second set. During the timeout Wiley made adjustments and pulled ahead by three – which caused Jarvis Christian College to call time.

“We got down but we worked together as a team and came back,” Rebecca Moustapha said.

“One of my setters was struggling offensively,” Bason said. “I put my other setter in to get us out of a tough situation. Jayme Bazile came in with a big block that changed the intensity. After that block gave us momentum, we took off.”

Sydnie Beckett returned to the game and recorded seven assists to help Wiley rally. She finished the game with a match-high of 18. The third set was controlled early by Wiley College. Jarvis made a run and got within one but the Lady Wildcats went on a 14-1 run to seal their second consecutive sweep.

“We kept pushing and kept the intensity up,” Miyah Keller said. “We came together when we were down and we didn’t let anything affect us.”

Lucille Ricord led the Lady Wildcats with eight kills.  Moustapha and Bazile, who is a RRAC candidate for Newcomer of the Year, followed with seven and six, respectively. Fernanda Aguiar and Olena Fedorenko each recorded two serving aces. Keller, who is a RRAC Defensive Specialist of the Year candidate, led the team with 14 digs. Moustapha and Fedorenko led Wiley College with four blocks. Bazile followed with three.

The Lady Wildcats will hit the road next week and play at Our Lady of the Lake University on Friday and at Huston-Tillotson University on Saturday.

“We have to stay on our toes and take care of business,” Bazile said.

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