POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. -- The Bellevue University volleyball team split a pair of matches at Keeter Gymnasium on Day Two of the College of the Ozarks Silver Dollar City Tournament.
The Bruins dropped a five-setter to Evangel (3-0) to open the day before going on to sweep Hannibal-LaGrange (0-3) to wrap up action at the tournament.
Evangel 3, Bellevue 2 (22-25, 25-21, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8)
Bellevue took the first and third sets but couldn't put away Evangel in game four despite holding a seven-point lead at 21-14. The Crusaders closed the set on an 11-1 run to force the decisive fifth where they went on to post a 15-8 victory to secure the match.
Sierra Athen (.164) pounded out a match-high 19 kills and Andrea Carson (.235) added 13 while setter Olivia Galas directed the Bruin offense to a .186 hitting percentage with 43 assists to go along with eight digs and five kills (.294).
Athen's double-double was her first at the collegiate level.
Heather Gahm (.333) led the Crusader attack finishing with a team-high 16 kills. Teammates Bridget Petersen (14 kills, .429 hitting) and Tori Lowry (11 kills, .320 hitting) also reached double figures in kills.
Iva Jelovac (17 assists, 11 digs) recorded a double-double for Evangel and Victoria Finkbiner dished out a team-best 32 assists.
Jorden Stacey led Evangel with 19 digs.
Evangel out-hit Bellevue in each of the sets that the Crusaders won and by a .200-.186 margin for the match.
Bellevue 3, Hannibal-LaGrange 0 (25-16, 25-9, 25-13)
Sierra Athen led a convincing performance as Bellevue dominated the stat sheet en route to a comfortable three-set victory over Hannibal-LaGrange.
Athen narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 10 kills (.333 hitting) and nine digs.
Olivia Galas notched her second double-double in as many days finishing 17 assists and 10 digs while helping guide the Bruins to a .287 hitting percentage.
Madi Evans came up just an assist short of a double-double to go along with her 14 digs.
Bellevue out-hit HLGU .287-.021 and out-dug the Trojans by a 55-36 margin.
Brenley Stearns (.150) led Hannibal-LaGrange with five kills and Ashlyn Spay paced the team with 10 digs.
Bellevue (2-2) plays their first home match of the season on Thursday, Aug. 30 when they host Baker University (0-0) to kick off the 2018 GoSarpy.com Labor Day Classic at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center. First serve is set for 5 p.m.