Kentucky State University split a doubleheader on Friday as a part of the Kentucky Wesleyan Tournament at Jones Gym.
The Thorobrettes (2-1) propelled past Bluefield State College (0-3) 3-1 in the first match of the day and dropped the second match, 3-1 against host KWC (2-4).
KSU will put an end to its stay in Owensboro with two final matches on Saturday against Brescia University, and Oakland City University beginning at 11 am ET and ending at 3 pm ET.
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KSU came out of the gate quick taking the first set 25-23. The Thorobrettes led early but let the Big Blues back into it mid way through the match, as they took the lead at 18-17. Key kills by junior middle blocker Landry Greathouse and freshman outside hitter Robin Poole with errors sandwiched in between by BSC led to KSU coming out on top with the set win.
The second set proved to sway in the Thorobrettes favor as they never trailed, and led by as much as 11 in the 25-19 victory. The Big Blues rallied and showed fight in the third set, brining the match to a 2-1 KSU advantage, after a 25-22 BSC set win.
The fourth set ended up being the final frame of the afternoon, as KSU matched its performance from the second set, never trailing at any point to the Big Blues for the 25-17 win.
Greathouse recorded a game-high 15 kills and a game-high three blocks. Poole followed with eight kills and seven digs. Sophomore setter Hannah Smyers picked up a team-high 16 assists, along with six kills, and two blocks.
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Smyers recorded her first double-double of the season with a season-high 26 assists and a team-high 14 digs, as KSU dropped its first match of the season.
A common trend for the Thorobrettes over the first three matches of the season has been their ability to get off to a fast start to take an early lead. After being tied at four, KSU spun off eight straight points leaving the Panthers in the rear view for a 25-21 win, and a 1-0 match advantage.
At the half way point of the second set, KSU held steady to a 19-14 lead, but KWC rallied for a 10-0 run to tie the match a 1-1, regaining the momentum that carried over the third and fourth set for a sweep of the Thorobreds after the first frame.
Greathouse led KSU for the second straight match in kills with 10 and was matched by Poole for the team-high. Greathouse added to her early success as a stopper at the net with a season-high six blocks.