Kentucky State University volleyball continued its strong conference start by going undefeated in the SIAC Crossover at Albany State from Thursday to Saturday.
The Thorobrettes (11-7) went 6-0 over the three-day period taking down Benedict College, Paine College, Clark Atlanta University, Albany State University, Fort Valley State University, and Claflin University. Moving their conference record to 9-1.
KSU 3 BC 0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-20)
KSU jumped out of the gate early for a 3-0 win over BC. Senior outside hitter Tahje Ochs set the pace with 13 kills on 17 total attacks for a season-high .588 hit efficiency.
Freshman outside hitter Kayln Hurley got in on the action early for the Thorobrettes smashing 10 kills on 19 total attacks.
Senior setter Anjelique Kyle set up for 32 assists and contributed defensively with seven digs.
KSU 3 PC 0 (25-10, 25-9, 27-25)
Senior outside hitter Sherry’ce Butler set the tone for KSU notching 12 kills in the 3-0 victory. Butler had 22 total attacks to register the team-high in kills, giving her a .409 hit efficiency.
Kyle was the lone player to notch an assist claiming all 20 for the Thorobrettes.
KSU 3 CAU 1 (19-25, 25-13, 25-20, 26-24)
KSU dropped the first set to CAU but won the last three to pick up another conference victory. Senior outside hitter Tahje Ochs shined with 13 kills on 21 total attacks and registered an eye-popping .476 hit efficiency in the process.
Kyle had possibly the most impressive game of her stay in Albany, racking up 40 assists, digging 14 balls, and scoring five aces for the Thorobrettes.
Senior setter Micah Rogers cleaned up defensively for a season-high 25 digs.
KSU 3 ASU 0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-12)
Kyle collected 19 assists while scoring four kills in the Thorobrettes fourth straight win of the Crossover with a 3-0 victory against the host Albany State University.
Butler had a .333 hit efficiency with 10 kills on 18 total attacks and accounted for 12 points in the win.
KSU 3 FVSU 0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-16)
Butler bounced back in the 3-0 defeat of the Wildcats, spiking home 11 kills for the Thorobrettes on 19 total attacks for a season-high .474 hit efficiency.
Sophomore middle blocker Payton Richardson followed up with seven kills on 15 total attacks, blocking three balls at the net.
KSU 3 CU 2 (19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-7)
The Thorobrettes faced their toughest challenge in the final match of the event with the Panthers as they fell behind early 2-0. The defending SIAC Tournaments champs wouldn’t be denied as they rallied to win three straight sets, claiming the 6-0 sweep over six days.
Four Thorobrettes finished the match with double-digit kills as Butler led with a season-high 18 kills on 36 total attacks. Butler notched a .333 hit efficiency in the process. Hunter collected 12 kills, as did Ochs, and Richardson recorded 11.
Kyle continued to set the table for her fellow teammates, notching 52 of the team’s 56 assists. She added seven digs in the process.
Rogers played her role, digging 22 balls over the five sets.
KSU will return to the Exum Center to take on Kentucky Wesleyan University at 7:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
by Eric Matthews