Volleyball sees highs, lows

(Photo by Hannah Abbate) Junior Carmin Butterworth sets the ball Oct. 19 against Bethany College. The Warriors lost to the Swedes in three, 25-19, 25-13, 25-13.

Sterling College Lady Warriors volleyball team currently has an overall record of 13-17 and a conference record of 4-5, with three conference games yet to be played in November.

The Warriors started out the month of October with two losses to St. Mary University (0-3) and Tabor (0-3) College but turned things around with wins against Oklahoma Wesleyan University (3-1) and Bethel College (3-2).

They then suffered losses to Bethany College (0-3) and York College (0-3) before beating Friends University (3-0) and McPherson College (3-1).

“Highlights, I think the last week has been a good highlight, kind of putting it together to get a win against Friends and McPherson, who were both ahead of us in the standings at the time,” head coach John Harding said. “I think the highlight has been that we’ve, kind of, after being up and down a lot early in the year, we’re beginning to pull it together as a team and that’s been exciting to see.”

Overall the season has had it’s share of ups and downs with team chemistry playing a big role.

“Our team has struggled to find our chemistry, with working together,” Colleen Meffert said. “We’re just now starting to get it, and it’s over halfway through the season. So that’s been a little bit rough.”

However, even with some chemistry struggles overall, the team has still had some individual highlights in the season coming in the way of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference recognition.

“I think another highlight is Carmin (Butterworth) being named NAIA defender of the week. That’s a pretty awesome honor, and that’s cool for our program. And this week Bre’s (Breanne Akui) KCAC Setter of the Week, so those are always good highlights too,” Harding said. “Just seeing the culmination of everybody’s hard work, when somebody gets an award, but it’s really everybody helping them earn it.”

Carmin Butterworth received her award on Oct. 16.

“I mean, I honestly wasn’t expecting it, so it was a shock, like, ‘oh, that’s new,’ but I’m very humble about it,” said Butterworth.

She is currently ranked number 11 in total digs in the NAIA with 572 and is ranked 27 in digs per game at 5.5.

Butterworth also leads the team in aces with a total of 32 for the season.

Akui received her award on Oct. 28.

“I mean, I was pretty excited about it,” Akui said. “I think I was just more excited to get the wins.”

She is averaging 6.1 assists per game for a total of 633 on the year.

The Lady Warriors played the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Oct. 29 and Avila University on Nov. 2.

Games still to be played include matches against Southwestern University on Nov. 6 and Senior Night against Kansas Wesleyan University on Nov. 9. 

All stats and records are as of Oct. 27.