Niles beat St. Joseph to move step closer to SMAC West title

Published 10:47 am Thursday, October 15, 2015

ST. JOSEPH — The Niles volleyball remained unbeaten in the SMAC West division as it defeated St. Joe 23-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 Wednesday night.

“This is a very exciting time for our team as we battle to win the conference,” Niles coach Jenny Nate said. “The girls are on a strong run and we need to really push right now to clean up our play. We made some big plays tonight, but we had more errors than I would like. We need to step up our intensity, move faster, and get more disciplined as we prepare.

“They know our practices leading up to our match against Lakeshore next week are going to be tough and they are excited and ready to get back to work and refocus their energy on winning the conference title.”

The Vikings will travel to Stevensville Wednesday to face the Lancers for their final division match.

Niles is now 36-6 overall and 4-0 in the SMAC West.

At St. Joseph

Set Scores

Niles d. St. Joseph 23-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17


Individual Statistics

Kelsey Barton 12 points, 5 aces

Bre Love 10 points, 1 ace

Holly Walker 7 points

Bella Rasler 7 points, 2 aces

Carly Barton 7 points

Peyton Cavanaugh 3 points



Lexi Smith 13

Kelsey Barton 12

Rasler 8

Jazmin Brann 3

Carly Barton 3



Nola Wallace 3

Rasler 2



Love 17

Rasler 15

Kelsey Barton 11

Carly Barton 8

Walker 7

Smith 4

Cavanaugh 2



Kelsey Barton 20

Carly Barton 17

Varsity record: Niles 36-6, 4-0 SMAC West