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Cougars Season Ends at NAIA Volleyball Opening Round


Columbia, Mo. – The Columbia College Volleyball team fell in the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Opening Round on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars end the season with a record of 30-9, while Texas Wesleyan advances to the final site in Sioux City, Iowa. 

Texas Wesleyan def. Columbia, 3-1
Set 1: Columbia 14 | Texas Wesleyan 25

The Rams led early and throughout the first set. The Cougars battled back to close the gap to one point on a Sidney Branson ace (8-7) before Texas Wesleyan went on a 10-1 scoring run (18-8) and continued to a first-set win. 

Set 2: Columbia 25 | Texas Wesleyan 16
The Cougars came out hot, taking an early advantage at 10-5. Columbia managed a 15-4 scoring run to pull ahead, 20-9. Maintaining their lead, the rest of the set, Columbia recorded a 25-16 result.

Set. 3: Columbia 19 | Texas Wesleyan 25
The Cougars and the Rams spent the majority of the set in a back-and-forth battle. However, Texas Wesleyan led from the start and remained ahead. With a final 3-0 run, the Rams claimed the third set. 

Set 4: Columbia 20 | Texas Wesleyan 25
The Rams jumped out to a 7-2 lead before CC closed within 8-7. Texas Wesleyan turned around with a 9-3 scoring run to pull ahead. Columbia answered back with their own 6-1 run to close the deficit to 18-16. After calling a timeout, Texas Wesleyan scored seven of the final 11 points to win the match. 

Nyia Anderson (TWU) – 19
Assists: Morgan Burns (TWU) – 44
Kills: Nyia Anderson (TWU) – 16
Aces: Sidney Branson (CC) – 5 
Blocks: Bailey Foy / Veronika Webb (TWU) – 5

This article is provided by Columbia Cougar Athletics