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Mercer Volleyball sweeps first three sets in home opener

Paige Alsten (5) and Olivia Sass (15) have a short celebration after a score.
Paige Alsten (5) and Olivia Sass (15) have a short celebration after a score.

Tuesday night, the Mercer volleyball team hosted Florida A&M for their first home game of the season after traveling on the road for two invitationals.

Though the Bears seemed to make quick work of the Rattlers, beating them in under an hour and thirty minutes, Florida A&M’s team should not be discredited for their effort. They made the Bears fight hard to come out with the first two sets before halftime.

In the third set, Mercer ran off on several streaks, giving the Rattlers no opportunity of making a comeback.

At the end of the match, the final score was Mercer 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-11).

“We really wanted to get a win tonight just to get things established,” said Head Coach Derek Schroeder. “We’re very much a style team, so playing at home is when you’re supposed to put your style on the floor most effectively.”

Two players managed to stand out the most during the match, senior Paige Alsten and sophomore Roberta Todd who each managed to record 17 kills.

Another thing of note is that the Bears recorded five service aces during the match, making it the fourth time they’ve accomplished this during the season.

Schroeder also highlighted Amber Gibson who he said added a lot to the team’s energy during the second set with her communacative style of play.

The Bears sit 4-4 in the season with no games played yet in the conference. The Bears host their first tournament at home this weekend beginning Sep. 7.


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