London Williams
London Williams
Judson University
St. Ambrose
Women's Volleyball - Tue, Sep. 12, 2017

St. Ambrose kept rolling in CCAC play by defeating Judson 3-0 Tuesday night at Lee Lohman Arena.

The Bees are off to their best conference start in eight years, now moving to 3-0 in the league and 7-6 overall. The last time an SAU women's volleyball team started 3-0 in conference play came in 2009, when the Bees ultimately won a Midwest Collegiate Conference title with a perfect 8-0 mark.

SAU was in control throughout much of Tuesday's 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 win.

It started right away. Abby Happ opened the match with a kill then added an ace for a 2-0 lead. Kills from Clarissa Blick and Allie Brent were followed by a Judson hitting error to push the lead to 5-0. The Eagles got within two points twice, the last time coming at 18-16 before Happ put down three straight kills to extend the lead to 21-16. The serving of Riley Hummert and Jenna Laxton helped the Bees close out the set from there.

Marissa Boyer and Hummert each had two aces to help St. Ambrose to a quick lead in the second. Blick picked up three kills while Brent and Hummert each had two to put SAU in front 12-6. A handful of points later, Natalie Bochenek's kill started a 4-1 run. Emily Moushon sandwiched kills around a Hummert kill to get the lead to 19-10. The Bees weren't threatened from there in taking a 2-0 lead.

The third set was the most competitive early, with SAU leading by just a point at 7-6. London Williams and Blick had back-to-back kills to open up a 9-6 lead. After an Eagles kill, kills from Blick and Becca Lilley came as part of a three-point run to increase the lead to 12-7. The lead ballooned to 24-16 before Judson made a late run to account for the final 25-19 score.

Happ led the team with nine kills. Brent finished with eight and Blick added seven. Moushon collected four in just six attempts. Boyer and Morgan Twing paced the Bees in assists with 17 and 16, respectively. Coming off conference defensive player of the week honors, Laxton picked up a match-high 14 digs.

SAU will step out of conference to visit Graceland Thursday before returning to CCAC play next Thursday at home against Trinity International. Both matches start at 7 p.m.