BRENHAM, Texas – After dropping the second set, Blinn College volleyball played with consistency in the final two sets to beat Laredo Community College 3-1 inside the P.E. Building.
The Buccaneers beat Laredo by the score 25-17, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-14 to improve to 16-16 overall and 5-2 in Region XIV play. As a team, Blinn hit for a .308 hitting percentage.
"Overall I thought we did a nice job with a slightly different lineup out there," said Kalie Mader, Blinn head coach. "We played well for three sets but we would just like those three sets to be in succession."
Eboni Mitchell led Blinn with 16 kills behind a .353 hitting percentage while Alexis Kingston added 13 kills and 20 digs. Danusia Sipa Borgeaud led the Buccaneers with 22 digs while Ally Lanik earned 50 assists.
"I feel like our defense was really on the whole match," Mitchell said. "Our libero (Borgeaud) did a really good job of calling shots and I was playing on the outside and I feel comfortable out there."
Blinn started out really fast by scoring the first five points behind the serving of Borgeaud. Laredo came back slightly but it was a block by Britny Mitchell that helped the Buccaneers out to a 16-9 lead. Eboni Mitchell sealed the first set with a kill to win 25-17.
The Buccaners weren't quite as sharp in the second set as Laredo showed improvement and was one point away from tying the match at 24-18. Blinn did score five straight points to get within a point but Laredo took the second set 25-23 to tie the match at 1-1.
Laredo jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the third but Blinn fought back with four straight points for a 17-10 lead after a kill from Kingston. The Buccaneers only let Laredo score five more points as Eboni Mitchell delivered the final kill in the set for a 25-15 victory to lead 2-1.
The fourth set started out in Blinn's favor with the Buccaneers taking a 12-5 lead with the help of a kill from Britny Mitchell. The fourth set turned out to be the best set for Blinn as a Laredo error gave Blinn a 25-14 victory to seal the match.
This volleyball match against Laredo was the Adam's Angels fundraiser match, with proceeds benefitting Adam's Angels Ministry, a nonprofit organization founded by Donna and Tim Culliver of Brenham, as a way to reach out to families to have been affected by childhood cancer. All monetary donations and fundraising proceeds raised from this match will allow Adam's Angels to assist families with living expenses, fuel costs, medical parking and meal vouchers. For more information, visit www.adamsangelsministry.com.
Blinn will host Coastal Bend College on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. The match will be sophomore match honoring the sophomores at Blinn.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 34 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
About Blinn College
With an enrollment of 19,422 students, Blinn ranks among the nation's leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu.