Kentucky State University volleyball finished off its stay in the Kentucky Wesleyan College Tournament by sweeping through the competition on day two, to finish with an overall tournament record of 3-1.

The Thorobrettes (4-1) went five sets in each of their matches winning the first at 3-2 over Brescia University (6-5) before dropping the second match 3-2 to Oakland City University (4-6).

KSU will head back to the Capitol City for its first home match of the year on Thursday. The Thorobrettes will face off with Georgetown College at 6 pm ET, and the game has been declared a “Black Out.” Fans are encouraged to support by wearing their favorite black KSU shirt.

KSU 3 BU 2

The first set didn’t go as planned as the Bearcats came away with the win at 25-14, but the Thorbettes proved to have short memories in the second set.

Following a back and forth contest and the score tied at 19, BU took the advantage going up 24-22. Head coach Katrina English called a timeout, settling her squad for a quick rally, taking a 25-24 lead and forcing extra play. Junior middle blocker Landry Greathouse broke the 25-25 tie with a kill, and the Bearcats tried to answer back but fell victim to an attacking error, giving KSU the 27-25 win, tying the match at 1-1.

KSU traded wins with BU in the third and fourth sets to force a fifth and final set. After matching each other point-for-point, Greathouse stepped up again to break a 13-13 tie with a kill and later followed with the match point on a kill from an assist by freshman middle blocker Jalynn Roberts at 16-14.

Freshman right side hitter Robin Poole led the team in kills with 13 and digs at 17 for her first career double-double. Greathouse collected 12 kills, along with four blocks.

Sophomore setter Hannah Smyers continued to be the trend setter in assists with a team-high 28.

KSU 3 OCU 2

Almost identical to the first match of the day for the Thorobrettes, match number two was a slow start, dropping the first frame in their most lopsided loss of the season at 25-9.

Once again though, no lay over in the second set as KSU took a 14-13 lead midway through and never looked back for an 11-6 run to tie the match at 1-1.

Trading wins in the third and fourth sets forced the Thorobrettes to its second, fifth set of the day. KSU jumped out to a commanding 11-5 advantage, OCU rallied for a 9-0 run, jumping to a 14-12 lead and serving for match point. KSU took advantage of back-to-back errors by the Mighty Oaks as Smyers assisted on back-to-back-to-back kills by Greathouse, freshman outside hitter Makayla Martin, and on match point by Greathouse again to come out on top with the win at 16-14.

Poole picked up 12 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double on the day. Martin collected 11 kills and 10 digs for her first-career double-double.

Smyers out did herself once again for a career-high 35 assists and seven kills.

by Eric Mathews

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