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William Woods finished the Baker Invitational with a 3-1 record and did it convincingly on the second day.

The Owls won all six sets against Graceland (25-21, 25-6, 25-19) and Haskell Indian Nations (25-4, 25-15, 25-8), with the closest margin of victory being four points in their first set of the day against Graceland.

The Yellowjackets played the Owls (10-4) tough last time in a five-set battle and did so in the first set, leading 13-7 at one point. William Woods was able to tie it at 16 after a Blair Busenbark ace and then the Owls went on a 9-5 run, with a Lauren Hiestand ace and a couple of Graceland attack errors clinching the set.

Graceland was able to only win one point on its own as the other five were because of William Woods errors. The Owls had six service aces in the frame. The Yellowjackets showed more life early in the third set, coming within one point and eventually tying it at 15 before a 10-5 William Woods run fueled by kills from Hannah Kuehl and Kassidy Phillips won the match.

Kuehl led the team with 11 kills, Tori Rosemann had 14 digs and Hiestand had 3 service aces.

Haskell Indian Nations didn't put much of a fight as William Woods had a 14-2 lead to start the first set and could only get two more kills in before the Owls won the final 10 points, ending with a kill by Lauren Adams and two by Tess Schannuth. The second set had Haskell Indian Nations ahead early at 5-4 but would never lead in the match again after a 7-0 run by William Woods that included four Kuehl kills. The Owls would only take about a handful of punches while dishing out way more to take the two-set advantage.

The third set saw William Woods jump ahead 8-0, thanks to service aces by Alli Gueck and Schannuth kills. Haskell Indian Nations would only manage four more kills as a Hiestand ace brought the lopsided match to an end.

Kuehl led in kills again with 13 while Emily Greif led with 11 digs. Gueck led the William Woods serving attack with five service aces while also having a team-leading 29 assists.

The Owls will return to a normal, non-tournament schedule at 6 p.m. Friday against Lincoln College at home.

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