Columbia College volleyball sweeps Stephens

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 9:19 p.m. CDT; updated 10:37 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Columbia College and Stephens College volleyball teams played Wednesday at Columbia College's Southwell Complex. Columbia College won 3-0.

COLUMBIA — Orangutans, cowboys and princesses watched from the stands of Southwell Complex on Wednesday night as the Columbia College women's volleyball team defeated Stephens College in a quick 25-7, 25-12, 25-12 victory.

Halloween festivities didn't keep fans from filling the student section to watch the Cougars, ranked No. 2 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, play their second-to-last home game of the regular season.

Senior setter Paula Feirrera led the Cougars with 23 assists, while middle hitter Brooke Simpson had 12 kills. The team played an all-around clean match, ending with a .551 hitting percentage and only four serving errors.

Columbia College coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said she was pleased with her players' performance and lack of unforced errors during the match.

"When we play with fewer errors, it really shows," Wrye-Washington said. "You can really see what we're capable of."

With the American Midwest Conference tournament kicking off Tuesday, this kind of preciseness is the level of play the Cougars are looking for.

"We played our game tonight," Brooke Simpson said. "We didn't play down."

Columbia College will host a its final two matches of the season Saturday. The double-header against Lyon is set to start at noon.

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