MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2015) – Emilee Linkous carried the Milligan College volleyball team through the first four sets and Jessica Davenport finished things off in the fifth set as the Buffaloes survived a five-set homecoming victory over Truett-McConnell College (25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 22-25, 15-6) Saturday afternoon at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
Milligan won its sixth straight match to improve to 17-10 (12-4 AAC), where the Buffs stand even with Union and only two games behind Appalachian Athletic Conference frontrunner Bryan. The win was also Milligan’s seventh straight victory at home.
Linkous recorded a career high 17 kills on 34 attack attempts and only committed one error. Her first kill of the match came at the end of the first set with the Buffs trailing 20-19, but it was her second kill five points later which started a 4-0 run Milligan used to finish the set. In fact, Milligan finished off the opening set in dominating fashion as Samantha Bruinius, Jenna Headrick and Charlie Bateman also earned kills on the same run.
Milligan doubled the lead after the second set, using a 10-2 run to close it out. Tied at 15 apiece, Linkous once again got the run started with a kill, then served out the next sequence as Milligan rattled off five straight points.
Truett-McConnell 10-16 (6-10 AAC) clawed back in back-to-back close sets to force a fifth and even earned the first two points of the deciding set, but it was all Milligan from there. Following a Linkous kill, Davenport recorded two straight service aces to give the Buffs a lead they would not relinquish. Linkous’ kill on the third point of the fifth set was the start to a 7-0 Milligan run, and the Buffs went on to close out the match on a 4-0 run.
Davenport led Milligan in the fifth set with seven assists, two kills and two aces, and she was also a part of an assisted block with Savannah Benton for the final point.
Davenport finished the match with 49 assists, six kills, four aces and eight digs. Bailey Thomas followed closely behind Linkous with 16 kills, a career high of her own, and Bruinius tallied 13 kills and 17 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.
Grace Ann Moorhouse led the Buffs on the defensive end with 22 digs while also registering five assists.
Milligan will be back at home on Tuesday, Oct. 27, for a showdown with AAC leader Bryan (20-13, 14-2 AAC). Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
(Courtesy Milligan Athletics)