GALESBURG, Ill. - Westminster volleyball took one of two matches to open the tournament hosted by Knox College, defeating Knox but falling to Monmouth.
The Blue Jays move to 6-2 on the year after day one of the tournament.
In the first match against Knox, Westminster fell in the first set in a close 25-23 battle, but came back to sweep the final three sets and take a 3-1 win. In the second set, the Blue Jays came charging back, defeating the Prairie Fire 25-13 and never looking back.
In the second set of the day, Westminster took Monmouth to five sets but eventually fell 3-2.
After the Blue Jays took a commanding lead in set one, winning 25-15, Monmouth almost flipped the score in the second game to tie the score at 1-1. Westminster dominated the third set, with the fourth set being the closest of the five with Monmouth winning 25-22. Monmouth took the fifth set 15-10.
Needy and Rivers again led the team in kills in the second match, with Matthews commanding the hitters with 43 assists. Four Blue Jays added double-digit digs including Ringwald, Becker, Frasher, and Schrader.
Westminster continues play in day two of the tournament, facing Olivet and Illinois College Saturday.