COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets concluded their volleyball season with one victory in three matches at the 2017 Spike It Up Classic, hosted by Colorado College Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Jackets snapped a four-match skid in Friday’s tournament opener, sweeping Johnson & Wales, 25-20, 27-25, 25-18.
Howard Payne’s offensive effort was sparked by 13 kills from Zhartezia Bradley trailed by eight from Kailey Doering, six apiece from Cheyanne Lovelady and Jordan Rogers, four each from Macy Maniscalo and Sarah Bapeli, three from Kylie Metcalf and one apiece from McKenna Walker and Madeleine Kelly.
Lovelady tallied 38 assists followed by Walker with a pair and Kelly and Ashley Moore with one apiece.
Jazmine Bridges served a team-best three aces, Moore contributed two and Lovelady chipped in one.
Jordan Livingston’s 20 digs led HPU trailed by nine from Moore, six from Bridges, four from Lovelady, three apiece from Bradley and Walker, two each from Doering and Metcalf and one from Maniscalo.
Bradley also led the charge with four blocks while Lovelady, Kelly and Rogers added two each and Maniscalo was credited with one.
For Johnson & Wales (2-21), Katie Malachinski recorded 11 kills, Ashley Ruehs finished with 27 assists and a pair of aces, Brooke Paxton collected 14 digs and Madi Fox added four blocks.
In their first match Saturday, the Lady Jackets were downed by Cornell College in straight sets, 25-21, 25-14, 25-16.
Bradley finished with six kills for HPU followed by four from Maniscalo, two each from Lovelady and Rogers and one apiece by Doering, Kelly and Bapeli.
Lovelady distributed 15 assists with one each coming from Bridges, Livingston and Kelly.
Walker, Bridges and Maniscalo each served an ace.
On defense, Walker tallied 13 digs followed by Livingston with 12, Bridges with seven, Lovelady and Moore with four apiece, Maniscalo with three, Rogers with two and Bradley with one.
Bradley and Lovelady each tallied three blocks, Maniscalo added two and Rogers and Metcalf each contributed one.
Cornell (22-7) was paced by 14 kills and four blocks from Nicole Ciari, 40 assists from Jillian Schulte, and three aces and 15 digs from Sydney Meeker.
In the weekend and season finale, the Lady Jackets were handed a 25-17, 25-12, 25-15 loss by host Colorado College.
Bradley’s nine kills were a team-high for the Lady Jackets followed by five from Maniscalo, three from Lovelady, two from Rogers and one apiece from Walker, Doering and Livingston.
Lovelady dished out 18 assists with Bridges adding two and Walker and Moore each contributing one.
Moore and Livingston also recorded aces.
Defensively, Livingston led the way with 11 digs followed by Bridges with nine, Moore with seven, Walker with six, Lovelady with three, Ariana Rehm with two and Bradley and Maniscalo with one apiece.
At the net, Rehm recorded three blocks trailed by Bradley and Rogers with two apiece and Maniscalo and Kelly with one each.
Colorado College (29-1) was led by Glenna Yancey with 10 kills and two blocks, Lizzy Counts with 26 assists and three aces, and Anna Gurolnick with 13 digs and three aces.
Howard Payne finished the season with a 9-20 overall record, 6-10 against American Southwest Conference competition.