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Payne reaches milestone as Eagles split doubleheader with Fisk

Junior Hannah Payne accomplished a major milestone on Saturday, Sept. 9, as the Midway University volleyball team split a doubleheader with Fisk (Tenn.). Entering the double header on Saturday, the Louisville native needed just five digs for her 1,000th in her career. Well into the first set of the first match against Fisk, the junior did just that, finishing with 34 on the day to sit with 1,029 digs for her career. In the first match of the day, the Bulldogs (3-7) walked away with a 3-1 victory (25-16, 25-23, 12-25, 26-24) to grab the opener of the doubleheader. Then in the nightcap, the Eagles (3-9) got their revenge after they walked away with the 3-1 victory (18-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-21) as the two teams split the doubleheader. The Bulldogs held the upper hand in the opener, tallying a .105 hitting clip compared to a .026 hitting percentage for the home team. Midway held a 35-34 edge in kills, but was unable to take advantage. Leading the way offensively was the duo of Raquel Bowers and Jennifer Harden. Bowers finished with 11 kills and a .214 hitting clip, while Harden added 10 kills. Harden finished with a double-double after adding 11 kills. Running the offense was junior setter Ashley Sherrard. Sherrard finished with 32 of the team's 33 assists in the match to lead the way. Defensively, Midway was led by Payne, who had her best match of the two games in the opener, as she tallied a match-high 22 digs. She also added two service aces, while Breanna Baldwin served up seven aces. In the second match, the Eagles had a hiccup in the first set, but from that point on they were dominant en route to the 3-1 win. It was one of the better matches for Midway's offense of the season thus far, as they tallied 47 kills to go with a .215 hitting clip. Fisk, on the other hand, tallied 45 kills for a .160 hitting percentage. It was a balanced attack for Midway's offense, as they had four-player record double-digit kills. Both Harden and Baldwin finished with double-doubles for the match. Harden had 14 kills and 10 digs, while Baldwin added 10 kills and 10 digs for the match. Bowers pitched in with 11 kills and a .385 hitting clip, while freshman Ashley Yates barely missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs. Also just missing a double-double was Sherrard, who matched her career high with 41 assists and finished with eight digs. Junior defensive specialist Kylie Flatt pitched in with a season-high 10 digs, while Payne added a season-high 12 digs. The Eagles are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 16, when they travel to Grayson to take on Berea (Ky.) at 1 p.m. and Kentucky Christian at 3 p.m. in a tri-match.

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