A big Cancer Awareness Night crowd saw West Delaware defeat Solon for the 10th time in a row, Oct. 3, handing the Spartans a 25-13, 25-19, 25-19 defeat at Seedorff Gymnasium, improving to 4-0 in WaMaC West Division play and 29-3 on the season.
Solon entered the contest 11-14 on the year, but the Spartans certainly gave the Hawks a run for their money, jumping to a 7-5 lead early in the first set before a Macey Kleitsch kill and an Ella Koloc ace followed by a pair of Solon hitting errors put West Delaware on top at 11-7.
A pair of ace serves, one by Kleitsch and one by Sydney Morris, had the Hawks in control at 20-12, and kills from Ava Hauser and Carlee Smith were the big blows the rest of the set.
Solon started the second set on fire and led by five at 13-8 midway. That’s when West Delaware went on a 6-0 run with two Kleitsch aces and a kill from Alivia Schulte. Kinley Kolbet scored consecutive kills to make it 16-14, but Solon freshman Delaney Bombei kept the Spartans in the game with a pair of kills to knot things at 16-16.
After Hauser’s put down regained the lead, Allison Collier found the range for four kills to put the Hawks back in control at 22-19. That’s when Schulte took over, putting the Spartans away with two solo blocks and a kill to end the set.
Ace serves from Kayla Felton and Heather Heims sandwiched a Hauser kill to put the Hawks up 11-6 in the third set, and Kleitsch followed with a crafty kill to make it 12-6. The Spartans got as close as 16-13, but the West Delaware frontline — with Hauser, Collier and Smith notching kills — dominated the rest of the way. Schulte brought things to a fitting end with a kill at match point.
“We came out and didn’t play with much energy,” said West Delaware coach Brett Mather. “We were still able to earn another WaMaC victory.”
West Delaware statistics against Solon: kills — Collier and Hauser 10, Kolbet eight, Kleitsch and Smith five, Schulte three; assists — Kleitsch 35, Collier and Koloc two, Felton and Kolbet one; digs — Koloc 13, Kleitsch and Morris 11, Felton eight, Heims six, Smith five, Collier and Hauser three, Kolbet and Schulte one; blocks — Schulte three, Kolbet one; ace serves — Kleitsch two, Collier, Felton, Heims, Koloc and Morris one.