FULLERTON, Calif. | Morningside College’s volleyball team is off to a winning, yet balanced start to the season.

Jenn Buyert and Jayde Bergmann each recorded eight kills Wednesday afternoon as Morningside’s volleyball team opened the season with a 25-18, 25-10, 25-15 win over Lewis-Clark State at the Hope/Vanguard Summer Slam. Later in the day, Krista Zenk posted 15 kills and Emma Gerber added 14 during a 25-14, 21-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9 win over Vanguard.

Coach Beth Donnelly’s Mustangs sported a .408 attack percentage and limited themselves to eight attack errors in the sweep over Lewis-Clark State. Brittni Olson delivered seven kills while setter Callie Alberico was active offensively, providing six kills and 18 assists.

Morningside also enjoyed a 10-2 ace serve advantage, paced by Gerber’s match-high three. Coming through with two aces each were Jessica Becker, Nikki Oberfoell and Morgan Gourley.

Oberfoell also recorded nine digs. Gerber had three solo blocks and a block assist while Ashley Vande Stouwe had two block assists.

Morningside’s second match at Darling Pavillion lasted a grueling two hours and 12 minutes. The match against tournament host Vanguard, a program which has participated seven times in the NAIA National Tournament, featured 23 tied scores and 12 lead changes.

Buyert had nine attack errors, the most on the court, but finished with 12 kills for the Mustangs. Bergmann added 11 kills while setters Alberico and Kylee Chavez provided 31 and 23 assists, respectively.

Oberfoell had team-highs of three ace serves and 24 digs. Gourley ended with two aces serves and 16 digs while Becker had 12 digs.

Limited to five kills, Olson provided one solo block and two block assists. Bergmann had two block assists for the Mustangs, who will play Southern Oregon and No. 25 College of Idaho Thursday in the final day of the Hope/Vanguard Summer Slam.

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