The Raven Volleyball team took to the road on Friday and Saturday to open the season with a trip to Oskaloosa, Iowa and Hannibal, Mo.
On Friday, the Ravens earned a pair of wins over William Penn University and Cardinal Stritch University 3-0 and 3-1. On Saturday, they took two matches over Hannibal-LaGrange University and Lincoln Christian University 3-0 and 3-0.
Against William Penn, the Ravens swept the Statesmen to not only open their season, but their conference schedule as well as they won 25-21, 25-14, 25-21.
As a team, the Ravens hit .385 as they tallied 55 kills. The offensive attack was led by Fleur Wesselink with 19 while Sofi Thomas added 15. Taylor Garner anchored that offensive attack with 47 assists while also added three kills.
Against Cardinal Stritch, the Ravens took the first two games 25-18 and 25-17 before dropping the third game, 25-18. After a slow start to the fourth game, the Ravens earned the win with a 25-22 win.
Thomas led the attack with 18 kills while Wesslink added 17. As a team, the Ravens finished with 59 kills as they hit .236 as Garner anchored the attack with 51 assists.
Defensively against Cardinal Stritch, Brown finished with 18 digs while Cochran added 11 digs.
On Saturday, the team continued their hot start opening with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-13 sweep over Hannibal-LaGrange.
Thomas was the only hitter in double figures as she finished with 11 kills. While the Ravens hit .300 as a team, they finished with just 37 kills as a team. Garner anchored the attack with 29 assists while the team finished with 35.
Defensively, Brown finished with 14 digs as the team finished with 37.
In their final match of the trip. the Ravens earned a 25-15, 25-14, 25-17 sweep over Lincoln Christian.
Thomas led the team in kills for the second straight match as she finished with 13. While they hit .233 as a team, the Ravens finished with 39 kills as a team anchored by the 26 assists from Garner.
The Ravens return to Heart play on Tuesday, traveling to Fayette, Mo., for a 7 p.m. match with Central Methodist University.