Scots Sweep Franklin and Kalamazoo in Straight Sets
The College of Wooster volleyball team continued to roll through the competition during day two of the Green Hornet Invitational, as the Fighting Scots upended Franklin College and Kalamazoo College in straight sets to push their weekend record to 4-0 and claim the tournament championship Saturday afternoon at Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Scots got past Franklin 25-20, 25-19, and 25-20, and Paige Parker led the attack with 10 kills. Also chipping in offensively were Sarah Hawke (9 kills) and Melissa Morgan (5 kills, 0 errors), while Kelley Johnson paced the defense with 13 digs.
Serving was the key ingredient in Wooster's win over host Kalamazoo (25-17, 25-16, 25-18), especially in set one, when Morgan served five points in a row to help the Scots build an early eight-point cushion. The third set was the most closely contested, and was tied at 15-15 before Johnson served six-straight points, including three aces, to help Wooster pull away down the stretch. Overall, Johnson led the team with four service aces, while Parker added three and Lizzi Beal had two.
The Scots, who are now off to their best start since 2005, were named tournament champions after winning a tie-breaker with Baldwin-Wallace College. Because the Green Hornet Invitational also raises awareness for environmental sustainability, Wooster was awarded with a trophy that a local artist made using recycled materials.
Also noteworthy, Skillman and Parker each earned spots on the all-tournament team.
Next, the Scots will compete in the Marcia French Memorial Tournament hosted by Baldwin-Wallace Sept. 9-10.