Blue Jays volleyball has it first victory of the 2021 season after defeating NAIA Stephens College in five sets (23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13).
Westminster (1-1) came back from a 2-1 set deficit and a 10-6 deficit in the third set to win its first match of the season and the first in head coach Dalton Tucker's tenure.
The Blue Jays committed 14 total errors and allowed Stephens to go on a 13-4 run to trail 22-18 before the Stars took the set. Westminster won the error battle in the second set and lost it in the third set, leading to Stephens only needing one more set to seal the victory.
In the fourth set, Eryka Wanyonyi registered some kills from Grethen Durbala and Haley Menke to distance Westminster from the Stars when it was tied at 10, and the Blue Jays would bring the sets even at two after Peyton Bledsoe's kill
Some Stephens errors and another Wanyonyi kill would help Westminster tie the fifth set at 11 and then Bledsoe would give the Blue Jays the lead they would refuse to give up.
Wanyonyi led the team with 17 kills, four aces and 13 digs. Durbala led with 37 assists, and Erica Schrader had 12 digs.
Tucker was impressed how his team was able to overcome deficits multiple times in the match.
"We battled a lot of adversity and had a nice bounce back win after our last match," he said. "Stephens gave us a great battle and it was an exciting match."
Westminster will continue a two-day tournament today at Rhodes College, where the Blue Jays will play Rhodes at 11 a.m. and Texas Lutheran at 1 p.m.