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Eagles Win ODAC Opener

emily hanger attacks from the middle

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Bridgewater College volleyball team moved to 8-0 on the season with a 3-0 sweep over conference foe Shenandoah. The Eagles held the Hornets to a negative hitting percentage in two of the three sets.

Bridgewater took an early 11-6 advantage in set one. Shenandoah kept the set tight and eventually tied the score at 22-22. The Eagles dialed in their play behind back-to-back kills from Emily Hanger and two aces from Hope Jennings to take set one 25-22.

The Eagles maintained the pace of the play in the second set, holding the Hornets to only 14 points. Taylor McNeely's seven point service run set Bridgewater apart and provided the spark to keep the momentum in the Eagles' favor. Rachel Gaston put down five of her nine kills during the second set. 

Shenandoah hit a -0.167 in the third set and gave Bridgewater half of their points on errors. The Eagles capitalized on the Hornets mistakes, but also made great plays of their own. Sarah Kerns recorded two kills in the final two points of the match to give Bridgewater the 25-14 set win and 3-0 sweep.

Hanger led Bridgewater with ten kills, followed by Gaston with nine. Gaston, McNeely and Jessica Bissmeyer each picked up nine digs. Kerns recorded three blocks in just one set of action, and Grace Hayes notched 30 assists.

Bridgewater returns to the court on Friday, September 13 with a home match against Mary Baldwin. Game time is 6:00 p.m.