By Zack Peñalva, Sports Editor
Volleyball Stretches Winning Streak to Five Games
After beating the previously undefeated Indiana University Southeast on the road earlier in the week, the Eagles won twice more over the weekend to extend their winning run to five games.
The first game on Saturday was a 5-set marathon against Indiana University East. After dropping the first set 25-27, the Eagles won the next two before losing the fourth 23-25. They proved resilient in the end, holding on to win the tiebreaker round with a score of 15-11.
Game two of the day against Ohio Christian proved to be a bit easier, with the Eagles sweeping the Trailblazers in three straight sets.
Standout performers of the day were juniors Madeline Morris (16 kills) and Rachyl Miller (29 assists, 13 digs) against IUE.
The volleyball team with an 8-3 in the River States Conference moves to their next match against fifth-ranked Lindsey Wilson College on Oct. 25.
Swim Team Hosts Lindsey Wilson College for Meet
Both men and women competed in a meet against the visiting Lindsey Wilson College. Asbury’s men came out on top, while the women were just short of making the day a sweep for the Eagles.
The day got off to a good start, with the men’s 400m Medley Relay squeaking a win out over the visiting school and qualifying for Nationals in the process. Sophomores Colt Rasmussen and Keith Jesse along with freshman Clay Bisher and senior Tommy Otley completed the relay in 3:36.83, with every fraction counting in a race that was decided by .15 seconds. From there, the men went on to win 11 of their 14 events on the way to a 160-102 win.
Despite the loss in overall points, it was far from a bad day for the women. Six Eagles won and four from the team qualified for Nationals. Sophomore Claire Goodrum punched her ticket in the 100m Fly, while the 200m Free team of freshmen Paige Finnigan and Kristen Bewley, sophomore Brooke Way and junior Leah Haeuber will be joining her in the postseason.
The next meet for the Eagles is on Oct. 28 at home against Bethel and Campbellsville.
Overtime ends in disappointment for men’s soccer
A long night of soccer ended in frustration for the Eagles after a goal in sudden death overtime against Ohio Christian University gave Asbury their third River States Conference loss.
Sophomore Ethan Jeffers scored for the Eagles in the first half, equalizing after the team had gone behind a few minutes earlier. It was his fifth goal of the season.
A few close chances for Asbury in the second half didn’t come close enough, as the deadlock forced the game into overtime. An OCU goal in the first overtime period was all it took to end the evening on a sour note for the Eagles, who had been undefeated against OCU dating back to 2011.
The team will try to get back to winning ways when they play 13th ranked West Virginia Tech on Oct. 27.
Comeback not meant to be for women’s soccer
After going five games undefeated, it was a cruel end to the streak for the Eagles as they lost 2-1 against conference opponent Ohio Christian University on Saturday night.
After going down 2-0 to the top team in the RSC, things didn’t look good for the Eagles, but a goal from sophomore Emily Hubbuch gave them a chance to fight back into the game. Despite averaging nearly five goals a game in their past four wins, the Eagles couldn’t muster up the one it would take to equalize against the Trailblazers.
Even with the loss, they still sit at 4-2 in conference play ahead of a tough matchup against West Virginia Tech, the team that knocked them out of the conference tournament semifinals last November. The Eagles get a chance for revenge on Oct. 27 when they play at home.