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Rapid Recap: Bradley volleyball drops three as they traverse through tough slate

The team huddles together after a point. Photo courtesy of Bradley Athletics

Bradley volleyball faced a difficult sequence of matches over the weekend at the Northern Colorado Classic, which pushed their record to 7-6.

Their adventure at the invitational began on Thursday against former MVC foe Wichita State. Bradley suffered their first season sweep, with scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-22. In this game, senior standout Jasmine Green led the Braves with 13 kills and shined with an impressive .320 hitting percentage, while fifth-year senior Karagan Coggin contributed heavily with three aces.

Bradley hoped to turn the tide against Northern Colorado the following day. Despite falling behind 2-0, the Braves displayed their perseverance by winning the third set 25-22. Bradley was defeated again in the fourth set, this time by a score of 25-18. Coggin’s nine kills, Green’s and sophomore Kendall Minta’s eight kills apiece and graduate transfer Dru Kuck’s 20 digs were some of the standout performances during this series.

After suffering two straight losses, the Braves looked to take the final series to avoid the weekend sweep.

On Saturday afternoon, Bradley faced off against Omaha, and despite tremendous efforts from the team they lost 25-18, 25-17 and 25-18. Green led the team with six kills while senior Abby Johnson had five kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Coggin also made an impact with one solo block and four block assists. The team fought hard and well, but couldn’t come away with the win.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Bradley, as they look to improve their record in the win column with a return to Renaissance Coliseum today at 6 p.m. for their first Missouri Valley Conference contest against Northern Iowa. They will be at home again tomorrow at 5 p.m., where they will play Drake as a follow-up.

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