Volleyball Wins Big on Senior Day
DAVIDSON, N.C. — For the first time in two decades, the Davidson volleyball team captured its 20th victory of the season, sending its senior class out in style with a commanding 3-0 victory over George Mason on Sunday.
Prior to first serve, the ‘Cats honored their three graduating seniors Anela Davis, Paige Johnson and Julia Black, in addition to team manager Sam Plasman, before dominating the Patriots, 25-9, 25-17 and 25-13 in straight sets.
With the victory, Davidson sits at 20-7 overall and 14-2 in Atlantic 10 play, with two games to go in the regular season.
Rookie Emma Slusser dominated the first two sets of action on Sunday, recording 11 kills on 13 swings for a incredible .769 attacking percentage.
In the first, the ‘Cats swung .560 as a team, while Slusser recorded four kills in the last 10 points to cruise to the 25-9 win. The Minnesota native then recorded back-to-back kills to put the Wildcats ahead 6-5 in set two, before later helping Davidson score three-straight to take a 16-12 lead and create the distance it needed to secure the 25-17 victory.
Set three proved to be all Bella Brady, as the junior libero led the Wildcats on an unbelievable 18-1 run from the service line, while picking up 10 digs in the third set alone, to finalize the 3-0 conference victory.
Brady totaled 26 digs on the day, just one shy of her conference play-best (27), while serving two aces.
Freshman Jackie Bardin added in seven kills and 10 digs, while Isabel Decker and Anela Davis added in six apiece to pair with three solo blocks and four assists. Black also recorded three kills and Jessie Doyal dished 18 assists.
Davidson will wrap up the regular season next week in the Windy City, set for a weekend series with Loyola Chicago in a battle for the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship.