Badgers Secure 2nd Straight 20-Win Season

Published on October 07, 2017 at 11:45PM

EPHRAIM, Utah (Oct. 7, 2017) – While there is still plenty of volleyball left to play this season, the ninth-ranked Snow College women’s volleyball team picked up its 20th win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Southern Nevada on Saturday, marking the second straight 20-win season for the program. It is the first time in school history (during the rally scoring era) that the Badgers have won 20 games in back-to-back seasons.

“This is a nice milestone for our program,” Snow College head coach Jeff Reynolds said. “We’ve work really hard as a team to do things that haven’t been here in a long time. Our plan is to keep it rolling. There are a few other milestones we’ve set our sights on this season, and we’ll keep working to reach those goals.”

After picking up a 3-0 win at Western Wyoming earlier in the week, Snow returned to the friendly confines of the Horne Activity Center on Saturday to record the straight-set victory over Southern Nevada. The Badgers defeated the Coyotes (25-12, 25-13, 25-13) to pick up their 15th three-set victory of the season.

Snow hit a blistering .340 for the match, led by sophomore Riley Lyman who racked up a match-high 13 kills on 21 attempts. Lyman, a 6-foot-0 outside hitter from Central, Utah, hit a season-high .524, followed by sophomore Kelsie Evans who hit .450 with 11 kills on 20 attempts. Fellow sophomore Thea Leiataua connected on 10-of-27 attempts to hit and impressive .259. Defensively, Lyman was credited with a match-high 14 digs, while Evans chalked up five blocks, including two solos.

“Whenever you have three players with double-digits in kills, things are probably going well for your team,” Reynolds said. “It’s nice when you know you have the ability to score at a high efficiency in all six rotations.”

Deadlocked in a three-way tie for first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with Southern Idaho and Salt Lake Community College, the Badgers will have their work cut out this week as Snow College will take on both CSI and SLCC. The Badgers will take on CSI on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. match on Saturday against Salt Lake C.C. Results from next weekend will likely go a long way to determining the eventual conference champion. Snow has not won a conference championship since 1986.