Friday, October 5, 2018

Kyra White does it again; volleyball star sets record at College of Coastal Georgia

Congratulations to Kyra White, a 2015 graduate of De La
Kyra White
Salle Institute and a 2011 graduate of St. Daniel the Prophet School, who on Friday night became the College of Coastal Georgia's all-time kills leader during the Mariners' 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21) win at Keiser.

Kyra entered the match only needing five kills to break Allie Shannon's mark of 1,240. She her fifth kill of the match during the second set, and ultimately ended the night with nine kills. She now has 1,245 kills in her career.

In addition to Kyra's nine kills, a trio of Mariners had double-digit kills. Both Alexis Downey and Azure Werner had a team-high 14 kills, while Sam Kepler added 10. Downey also added seven blocks. Ashley Kot made 48 assists, while Yorelis Rios Gonzalez dug 15 balls.

Coastal Georgia hit .312 for the match, making 58 kills. The Mariners also had 10.0 blocks for the match.

The Mariners overcame an early four-point deficit, using several runs to help the momentum swing towards Coastal Georgia's advantage. A kill from Kepler sparked a five-point spurt that allowed the Mariners to take their first lead of the match, going up 14-12. Coastal Georgia later pulled away after a kill from Molly Fletcher was the first of four-straight points and the Mariners held a 21-15 lead. After swapping points, a Kepler kill closed out the set.

A strong second set lifted the Mariners to a 2-0 match lead. Coastal Georgia hit .393, getting 15 kills off 28 attack with four errors. Kyra's record-breaking kill came during the set as her point put the Mariners up 10-6. Coastal Georgia continued to separate itself from Keiser before ending the set on a service ace from Kot.

A 7-1 run for the Seahawks was the difference maker in the third set as Keiser went up 18-12 on Brooklyn VandeHei's kill. Coastal Georgia attempted to make a late-set rally, and came to within three before the Seahawks went on a 3-1 run to force a fourth set.

In a close final set, a timely block by Kyra and Kot sparked a late four-point run that put the Mariners up 20-17. The three-point lead was the largest of the set at that time. Coastal Georgia pushed its lead to four several times in the closing points, ultimately ending the set and match with a four-point advantage after a block from Fletcher and Downey.

Coastal Georgia is back in action on Saturday afternoon with a match at Florida Memorial at 2 p.m.

Earlier this year, Kyra was chosen the College of Coastal Georgia’s 2018 Female Student-Athlete of the Year as voted by the head coaches and administrative staff of the Mariners’ athletic department.

In the classroom, Kyra was one of two Mariner women’s volleyball players who was chosen a 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete last December.

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