BRENHAM, Texas — No. 20 Blinn College volleyball (26-3, 2-2) took down Victoria College, 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-8), on Wednesday night in the Kruse Center.
"We struggled covering in set one and we made an adjustment defensively and then we attacked our game plan really well and played really good defense," said Terry Gamble, Blinn head coach. "I thought that Kya did a really nice job defensively and our middles did really great at attacking the ball and controlling the net, so I am really happy with how we played."
Freshman Giulia Hortelan led the match with 13 kills, hitting .500, and 17 digs. Freshman Essence Clerkley added 12 kills (.687) and three block assists, while sophomore Paige Havel recorded 10 kills (.500). Freshman Jenni Liu added 34 assists, while sophomore Chloe Mullins and freshman Kya Yanez each chipped in eight digs.
"Tonight was so much fun because we practice so hard every day to get this kind of win," Liu said. "All of us did a really good job of focusing today and we were prepared for this game. We are so appreciative to the fans who come out to our games and everyone who supports us, so are happy to get this big win for them."
Hortelan and Clerkley combined for four kills and an ace for Blinn to jump out to a 9-4 lead in the opening set. Taylor Henderson sparked the offense on a 6-0 run to lead 16-5. The Buccaneers stayed ahead for the remainder of the set and finished the Pirates on a 3-1 run for a 25-13 win.
In the second set, Hortelan's four kills and Henderson's two blocks allowed Blinn to lead 13-5. Clerkley led the Buccaneers on a 5-0 run with three kills. Hortelan delivered the final point for the Buccaneers to take down the Pirates 25-12.
Henderson led Blinn in the third set with five kills and recorded four early on for an 11-4 lead. Hortelan led the Buccaneers on a 5-0 run with two kills and an ace for a 23-5 advantage. Victoria's error allowed Blinn to get the game point for the 25-8 win.
Next, Blinn volleyball will play in its final home game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. against Wharton County Junior College. The game will feature Sophomore Day.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 41 NJCAA national championships since 1987.