NORTH MANCHESTER, IN – The Wilmington College volleyball team earned their first win of the season, beating Great Lakes Christian in straight sets, 25-10, 25-9, 25-4, Friday in the first game of the Manchester Invitational. The Fightin' Quakers fell in the second match to the host Spartans, 25-20, 25-19, 25-16.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE)
- The victory snapped a 53-match losing streak, dating back to the 2014 season. It was the first win for Wilmington head coach Tim O'Brien.
- Wilmington finished with Ohio Athletic Conference record 26 service aces in the three-set victory.
- Junior Kennedy Harshaw (Yellow Springs, OH/Xenia) recorded a team-high nine kills with no errors on 11 attempts. Her .818 hitting percentage was the fourth highest single-match performance in OAC history.
- Senior Kara Short (Conover, OH/Fairlawn) added seven kills on 13 attempts with seven aces.
- Freshman Alyssa McKenzie (Adrian, MI/Adrian) distributed a career-high 21 assists and 16 service aces. Her 16 aces is one off the conference record of 17, set by Wilmington's Kathe Miller in 2001.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME TWO)
- McKenzie finished with 12 of Wilmington's 16 assists.
- Freshman Amber Rox (Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg) led the team with seven kills on 30 attempts, while Harshaw added four kills on 22 attempts.
- Junior Becca Harting (Farmersville, OH/Valley View) led the team with 18 digs.
Wilmington (1-9 overall) continues participation in the 2016 Manchester Invitational, playing Governors State 11 a.m. Saturday and IU-Northwest 1 p.m. Saturday.