Jenna Laxton
Jenna Laxton
Women's Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

St. Ambrose picked up two more wins, to move to 6-6 on the year, at the Lindenwood-Belleville Battle by the Arch Friday and Saturday.

Included was a three-set win over host LU-Belleville, a team that defeated the Bees in four sets a week ago. SAU also earned a 3-0 win over Friends in the two-day event. The St. Ambrose losses came to Cumberland (Tenn.) and No. 11 Missouri Baptist.

The Bees struggled to get anything going in a 25-22, 25-19, 25-16 loss to Cumberland to start play Friday. The team's 24 kills were matched by its 24 hitting errors. Abby Happ led the way with eight kills. Marissa Boyer collected 14 assists. Jenna Laxton had 20 digs.

But then came the big win over Lindenwood-Belleville. Happ put down 13 kills in the 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 victory. She had help as Riley Hummert and Clarissa Blick each added 10 kills. As a team, the Bees finished with 43 kills against just 19 attack errors. Hummert had a double-double by adding 12 digs.

Boyer (18) and Morgan Twing (17) combined for 35 of SAU's 40 assists. Laxton was credit with a team-best 17 digs.

St. Ambrose played evenly with No. 11 Missouri Baptist in the early going Saturday, taking a 19-18 first-set lead on a Boyer ace. The set was tied at 20-20, but two SAU errors and three MBU kills ended the set.

In the second, an Allie Brent kill cut the deficit to 18-17 and a few points later, a Happ kill had the margin at 21-19 before the Bees again ran out of steam. The Spartans grabbed a 12-1 lead early in the third to close out the win.

Happ had a match-best 11 kills, Boyer led the team with 16 assists and Laxton (16) and Hummert (14) each reached double figures in digs in the loss.

St. Ambrose bounced back to close out the tournament with a dominating 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 win over Friends.

After controlling the first two sets, the Bees found themselves in some early trouble in the third, down 7-4. Consecutive kills from Emily Moushon, Becca Lilley and Hummert knotted the score. Two Friends' errors were sandwiched around a block from Lilley and Michaela Hayes to complete the six-point run to put SAU in front 10-7.

Natalie Bochenek later put down a kill to spark a three-point run to extend the lead to 17-11. The lead grew from there and a London Williams kill ultimately sealed the win.

Hummert was credited with a team-high nine kills. Bochenek added seven and Moushon added six. Boyer had a match-best 20 assists and Twing handed out 17. Laxton was the lone player to hit double digits in digs, finishing with 18.

SAU returns to conference play Tuesday when the Bees put their 2-0 CCAC mark on the line at home against Judson. The match begins at 7 p.m.