• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway Univ. volleyball notches first win of 2016

RICKY BOWERS goes for a kill during a Midway University volleyball match at the Milligan Mountain Madness Tournament, which was held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. Bowers had 53 kills and a .429 hitting percentage in the Eagles’ four matches and was named to the All-Tournament Team. (Photo by Midway University)

The Midway University volleyball team got its 2016 season started this past weekend when the Eagles traveled to Elizabethton, Tenn., for the Milligan Mountain Madness Tournament at Milligan (Tenn.), Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. After falling in their first three matches of the tournament, the Eagles captured their first win of 2016 when they swept Talladega (Ala.) 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 26-24. The Eagles held the Tornadoes to a -.012 hitting percentage en route to the sweep. With those games complete, Midway is 1-3 on the season. The tournament began on Friday when Midway took on Pikeville (Ky.). The Eagles got off to a strong start when they won the opening set 30-28, but the Bears responded after winning the next three sets, 25-14, 31-29, 25-20 to win the match three sets to one. After taking on Pikeville, Midway then took on Milligan. The Eagles hit .074 while the Buffaloes (4-0) hit .307 for the match to sweep the Eagles 3-0 (25-17, 25-19 and 25-16). The tournament continued Saturday when the Eagles first faced Bluefield (Va.). The Rams won the first set 25-17, but Midway battled back and won the second set 25-22. The Rams went on to win the next two sets, 26-24 and 25-12, to win the match 3-1. Ricky Bowers had a stellar tournament, as she was named to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the event. The junior notched 53 kills for an average of 3.79 kills per set. She only had 11 miscues in 98 swings for a .429 hitting clip. Savanna Harrison also had a solid tournament on both offense and defense. Harrison turned in 33 kills to go along with 31 digs, while she also served nine aces in the four matches. Sophomores Emmalee Fleener and Courtney George took turns running the Eagles’ offense. George finished with 50 assists and Fleener recorded 49 assists. Fleener also led the tournament with 18 service aces. The Midway defense was led by Katie Roush and Hannah Payne. Roush led the team with 49 digs, while Payne also has a solid outing with 43 digs for the tournament. This weekend, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 and 3, Midway travels to Marietta, Ohio, for the Marietta River City Classic where they will face Marietta College, Thiel College, West Virginia Tech and Bluefield College. (Information provided by Dylan Brown / Midway Univ. Sports Information Director)

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