The Missouri S&T volleyball team opened their 2018 season with the Lindenwood Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. The Lady Miners started the weekend with three wins against Urbana, Southern Nazarene and Chadron State, before losing their final game against the host school.

The Missouri S&T women's volleyball started its 2018 season on a winning note as the Miners recorded a 3-1 victory (25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-17) over Urbana this Friday (Aug. 24) morning in the opening match of the Lindenwood Invitational at LU's Hyland Arena.
 
The Miners, who improved to 1-0 on the season, split the match's first two sets with the Blue Knights by identical 25-21 scores with S&T winning the opening one.  The Miners prevailed in the third set, 25-16, before claiming victory with a 25-17 in set four.
 
S&T was led offensively by a pair of seniors, outside Carlie Combs (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) and right-side hitter Ellen Schulz (Wildwood, Mo./Eureka).  Combs produced a match-high tying 13 kills while Schulz contributed 11 kills as the Miners tallied 41 kills in the contest and posted a .158 attack percentage to Urbana's .014 hitting efficiency. 
 
Combs turned in a solid all-around performance and generated a double-double as she added 12 digs to her 13-kills output and had a .152 attack percentage.  Schulz ended the match hitting .192 percent and freshman middle hitter Kiernan O'Boyle (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy) had three kills in five attempts for a .600 success rate.  

Leading S&T in digs was junior libero Corinne Stulce (St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne), who totaled 16 as the Miners edged out Urbana 54-52 in the defensive statistical category.
 
Redshirt sophomore setter Sarah McGinnis (Middleton, Wis./Edgewood) distributed a match-most 25 assists to go with a match-most three service aces and chipped in with seven digs.  The Miners would take a 5-1 advantage in service aces.   

At the net, Kiernan O'Boyle (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy) accumulated seven block assists and had two solo blocks.  Junior outside hitter Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston)added four block assists.    
 
For Urbana, Madison Davis was the only Blue Knight to record double-digit kills with 13 as she concluded the match hitting at a .310 clip.  Courtney Niesen's match-high 19 digs was tops among three individuals, who garnered double-figure totals.   Jenna Franks and Hannah Delor each dug up 11 and 10 S&T ball strikes, respectively.  

Senior outside hitter Carlie Combs(O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) tallied a match-high 17 kills in leading the Missouri S&T women's volleyball team to a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-16, 26-24) over Southern Nazarene this Friday (Aug. 24) in the Miners' second and final first-day match of the 2018 Lindenwood Invitational at LU's Hyland Arena.
 
With the victory, S&T is now 2-0 overall on the season and off to its best start since 2015 when the Miners won their first four outings.  The two victories also represent the third time in which S&T has won back-to-back matches (2010 and 2015) to start a season, equaling the 2010 and 2015 .
 
Joining Combs in double-digit kills was junior outside hitter Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston), who hammered 10 as S&T concluded the four-set match with a .325 hitting percentage.  Senior right-side hitter Ellen Schulz (Wildwood, Mo./Eureka) contributed eight kills and hit for .400 efficiency (8-0-20).  Freshman right-side hitter Avery Reed (Ste. Genevieve, Mo./Ste. Genevieve) turned in a commendable effort with six kills on 10 attempts for a .600 success rate while junior middle hitter Carolina Dykes matched Schulz's attack proficiency with four kills on 10 attempts.
 
On the defensive side, junior liberos Corrine Stulce and Eva Mich (St. Peters, Mo./Francis Howell Central) paved the way for S&T with a match-high tying 14 and 12 digs, respectively.  The Miners, who racked up 12 block assists in the contest, received four from Caroline Dykes (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence) while five others recorded at least one block assist. Redshirt sophomore Sarah McGinnis (Middleton, Wis./Edgewood) set up 22 assists and freshman setter Sarah Cavanaugh(Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge) had 18 for the Miners.
 
Southern Nazarene, which falls to 0-2 on the year, received a 16-kills effort from Bailee Turang  as SNU was .203 in hitting efficiency.  Meagan Ellis was the only Red Storm player to post double figures in digs with a match-best tying 14 total.  

The Missouri S&T women's volleyball team picked right up where they left off as the Miners extended their current season-opening win streak to three straight with a 3-0 sweep over Chadron State (25-21, 25-12, 25-22) this Saturday (Aug. 25) morning in 2018 Lindenwood Invitational action at LU's Hyland Arena.
 
The Miners, who are off to their best start since going 4-0 to start the 2015 campaign, hit .277 for the match while limiting Chadron State (0-3 overall) to a .064 attack percentage.
 
Junior outside hitter Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) paced S&T in kills with a match-high 17 total and was the only player to produce a double-digit number.  Senior right-side hitter Ellen Schulz (Wildwood, Mo./Eureka) contributed nine kills to go with a .381 hitting percentage (9-1-21) and freshman middle hitter Avery Reed (Ste. Genevieve, Mo./Ste. Genevieve) notched six kills while hitting at .462 efficiency (6-0-13).  CSC was led by Dominika Senkerikova's seven kills.
 
Missouri S&T's setting tandem of freshman Sarah Cavanaugh (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge) and redshirt sophomore Sarah McGinnis (Middleton, Wis./Edgewood) registered 19 and 12 assists, respectively.  Junior defensive specialist Corinne Stulce (St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne) keyed the Miners' solid defensive performance with a match-best 19 digs while Schlader racked up 11 digs to notch a double-double and also provided five assisted blocks. Freshman middle hitter Kiernan O'Boyle (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy) turned in another productive effort at the net as she chalked up six block assists and had a pair of block solos.  Junior middle hitter Caroline Dykes(Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence) chipped in with four block assists. 
 
The Miners posted a commanding 41-26 kills advantage and also claimed the defensive battles at 45-41 in digs and 12.0 to 2.0 in blocks.
 
In the opening set, S&T tallied three unanswered points late to go up 23-19 before the Eagles scored twice to get within 23-21.  However, a kill from Emilee Schlader (Lewiston, Idaho/Lewiston) proceeded by Avery Reed's (Ste. Genevieve, Mo./Ste. Genevieve) set-point kill resulted in a Miners' win.
 
A 16-9 Missouri S&T start in set two, which included four consecutive points, put the Miners in a highly-advantageous position as S&T cruised to a 25-12 decision while generating a .400 hitting percentage (11-3-20).
 
The third set, which saw S&T hit at a .333 clip (16-3-39), was a close one throughout as the two teams were deadlocked at 22 apiece.  An Avery Reed (Ste. Genevieve, Mo./Ste. Genevieve) kill put the Miners up 23-22 and an Eagles' attack error gave S&T a two-point lead at 24-22.  Set point would come on the ensuing play as Ellen Schulz (Wildwood, Mo./Eureka) hammered a Sarah McGinnis(Middleton, Wis./Edgewood) set for the winning score and the match victory.

A season-opening three-match Missouri S&T women's volleyball winning streak came to an end this Saturday (Aug. 25) evening as the Miners suffered their first loss of the 2018 campaign, 3-1, to Lindenwood in a matchup of undefeated teams at the 2018 Lindenwood Invitational at LU's Hyland Arena.
 
With the 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16 setback, Missouri S&T presently sports a 3-1 overall record while Lindenwood upped its season's mark to 4-0.  The 3-1 start by the Miners represents its most successful one since the 2015 season.
 
The host Lions won the first two sets by identical 25-19 scores before the Miners bounced back to win set three by a 25-20 margin.  But, S&T was unable to overcome its deficit as Lindenwood sealed the victory with a 25-16 triumph in the fourth frame.
 
For the match, S&T turned in a .039 attack efficiency performance while its counterpart, Lindenwood made good on its hitting attempts at a .145 success rate.  
 
Each team registered 42 kills in the match as two S&T players, senior outside hitter Carlie Combs(O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) and senior right-side hitter Ellen Schulz (Wildwood, Mo./Eureka) both totaled a match-leading 13 kills apiece.  Redshirt sophomore setter Sarah McGinnis (Middleton, Wis./Edgewood) paced the Miners' attack with 20 assists and a match-high tying two service aces.
 
Leading all participants in digs was junior defensive specialist Corinne Stulce (St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne) with 20 total while freshman setter Sarah Cavanaugh (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge) provided 12 digs and Carlie Combs (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) added 11 to post a double-double.  Ellen Schulz (Wildwood, Mo./Eureka) and junior middle hitter Caroline Dykes(Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence) both garnered three block assists in the match.  
 
Lindenwood's top hitter, Kelly Wilson, accumulated 11 kills while Kathryn Finnerty contributed nine kills and racked up eight assisted blocks in the four-set win.  Sara Wagenknecht and Jenna Garrett were the Lions' leaders in digs with 17 and 15, respectively.   

Following the tourney, Carlie Combs (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Dominic) and Corinne Stulce (St. Charles, Mo./Duchesne) were selected as S&T's representatives on the 10-member 2018 Lindenwood Invitational All-Tournament Team.
 
Missouri S&T returns to action next weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at the 11th Annual Nova Southeastern Sharks Volleyball Invitational at Rick Case Arena in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Miners open tournament competition versus Babson (Fla.) next Friday, Aug. 31, in a 2 p.m. (ET) match before taking on host Nova Southeastern in the evening at 7 p.m. (ET).  S&T will play two more contests Saturday, Sept. 1, against Texas A&M International at 12:30 p.m. (ET) and Lynn (Fla.) at 5:30 p.m. (ET).