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March 23, 2023 1:57 pm

UMO volleyball sweeps Elizabeth City State

ELIZABETH CITY– The University of Mount Olive women’s volleyball team tallied double-digit kills in all three sets in a 3-0 sweep at Elizabeth City State on Wednesday night in non-conference action.

With the win, the Trojans improved to 10-7  and finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with 13 matches left in league play. Mount Olive has posted four-consecutive wins over Elizabeth City State dating back to 2013. Meanwhile, the Vikings had their seven-match winning streak snapped and fell 10-7 overall.

Senior Amara Eziakonwa registered a game-high 13 kills, marking the 10th time she has totaled double-digit kills this season. Senior Camryn Huber and sophomore Neza Pec each finished with seven kills, while sophomore Ashlyn Stone posted five kills. Senior Jenna Myer had 17 assists and fellow senior Madison Goodman had 16.

Pec led the defensive effort after tallying double-digit digs for the seventh match this year after delivering 12 on Wednesday night. Sophomore Morgan Prots finished with 10 digs, while freshman Sam Widleski recorded eight. The Trojans stretched their impressive stretch of double-digit service aces to eight straight matches, led by Myer with.

The first set featured four ties and three lead changes. Elizabeth City State held the lead for a majority of the opening set and led 15-10 before both sides exchanged the following seven points to give the Vikings a 19-13 lead. UMO countered with a 6-1 run to trim the deficit to 20-19 after a service ace from Prots. The Vikings scored three of the following four points before Mount Olive went on another 6-1 run behind four kills to take the first set 26-24.

Elizabeth City State took the lead in the second set at 13-10 before UMO answered by scoring six of the following eight points to take a 16-15 lead. The teams split the next six points before a 6-1 run by Mount Olive with two aces from Myer stretched the advantage to 23-18. The Vikings fought back by tallying five of the following six points, but the Trojans closed out the set with a kill by Stone, 25-23. UMO had 13 kills in the second set.

UMO established a 13-11 lead in the third set following three consecutive points before tallying four of the following six points to extend the advantage to 17-13. Elizabeth City State closed the gap to 20-18 before the Trojans sealed the victory on a kill by Pec to take the set 25-22.