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The Westminster winning streak continued Friday at Eureka College.

The Blue Jays swept the Red Devils (25-12, 25-14, 25-18) after taking control early in every set.

The first set saw Westminster (8-9, 4-1 SLIAC) struggle early as Eureka took a 6-5 lead after a Haley Menke attack error. The Blue Jays then embarked on their first big run of the match, winning 11 of the next 13 points, to take a commanding 16-8 lead. Three Westminster service aces were in the center of the run, including two by Gretchen Durbala.

Eureka (4-13, 2-5 SLIAC) managed to tie the second set at 4 before a 13-2 run by Westminster quelled any momentum the Red Devils had. The run started with a Menke kill and Eureka errors before being capped by yet another bad set by the Red Devils to give the Blue Jays a 17-6 lead.

Eureka lasted longer in the third set after Westminster took an early 11-6 lead following a Eryka Wanyonyi kill. Some Blue Jay errors cut the lead to one before Westminster achieved a 10-4 run for a 21-14 lead. Kate Rable began the run with a couple of service aces, and Menke capped it with two kills. Claire Whitehouse slapped down match point to give the Blue Jays 11 kills in each of the final two sets.

Menke led all players with 10 kills, Rable led the floor with three service aces and Erica Schrader was the floor leader with 12 digs, followed closely by Wanyonyi's 10.

Westminster has the chance at 7 p.m. Monday at home against Fontbonne (4-10, 3-3 SLIAC) to win its eighth consecutive match and have a .500 record for the first time since Sept. 10, when the Blue Jays were 2-2 after a win against Austin College. Fontbonne was win No. 5 on Westminster's current streak after being swept on Oct. 2 in the Fontbonne Tri-Match.

 

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