Bryan, TX- Coming off a 10-day break, the No. 1-ranked Blinn College volleyball team blew past Coastal Bend Friday night at the Blinn P.E. Building.
The Buccaneers pounded out 36 kills, recorded 14 aces and had six blocks on their way to a sweep, 25-12, 25-11, 25-18.
“We did a really good job of spreading the ball around and getting everybody in the game,” Blinn coach Erin Mellinger said.
The Bucs had 10 players record kills in the win, led by sophomore Bruna Evangelista’s eight. Sophomore Evely Macedo and freshman Trinity Alualu each had five kills, and Rachel Sharp added another four.
It wasn’t just with her kills that Alualu hurt the Lady Cougars. The freshman from Hawaii recorded five of Blinn’s 14 aces, most coming in the second set.
The Buccaneers torched Coastal Bend in the first set with a .500 hitting percentage, while their defense held the Lady Cougar hitters to a -.053 percentage, and it was just the beginning. During the second set, Blinn held the Coastal Bend offense to a -.222 percentage as it won by its biggest margin of the night, 25-11.
Blinn limited Coastal Bend to a -0.33 hitting percentage in the match, while the Buccaneers hit at a .412 clip.
Evangelista and sophomore Katey Kyle led the Bucs defense with two blocks apiece.
Blinn held its No. 1 spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) national poll for the second straight week. The Bucs return home Saturday at 1 p.m. for a match against Laredo.
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