Leah Edmond

Recap: Team Edmond outlasts Team Hilley to win the match, 73-71

Claire Chaussee ties 27 kills single-match record set by Bethania De La Cruz

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Eric Rhew
Oct 28, 2023

MESA, Arizona — In each of the first three weeks during the 2023 Athletes Unlimited Volleyball season, outside hitter Claire Chaussee has made a strong statement during her opening match of the week. And while she was unable to guide Team Hilley to a victory over Team Edmond on Friday night, she may have made her biggest opening statement to begin Week Four.

The rookie from Louisville produced a record-setting performance, but it was not enough to counteract the efforts of outside hitters Leah Edmond and Lindsey Vander Weide in Team Edmond’s 73-71 triumph at Legacy Park.

Chaussee, who matched one league record and set another mark, secured her fourth MVP 1 commendation of the season after recording 27 kills with 11 digs en route to earning 347 leaderboard points in the loss.

Edmond, meanwhile, guided her team to the victory and claimed MVP 2 distinction after collecting 16 kills with 11 digs for the 12th double-double of her Athletes Unlimited career, including her league-best seventh occurrence this season. The league leader remained in the top spot after earning 255 leaderboard points.

Vander Weide, who finished with 261 leaderboard points, received her second Match MVP award of the campaign by garnering MVP 3 honors with 11 kills, seven digs and three blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Edmond and Vander Weide combined to notch 11 kills in the opening set as Team Edmond surged to a 25-18 advantage. Team Hilley trimmed the match deficit to 51-46 with a 28-26 victory in the second set, including 10 kills from Chaussee. Despite Team Hilley winning the third set by a 25-22 count, it was not enough to overtake Team Edmond for the match result.

LEADERBOARD IMPACT

Edmond extended her lead over libero Morgan Hentz to 340 points heading into Saturday’s tilts. Outside hitter Alli Linnehan stands just three points behind Hentz in third place, while Hilley remains in fourth place with a 47-point edge over Chaussee.

MATCH NOTES

  • Team Edmond and Team Hilley combined to register eight service aces in the second match of Friday’s doubleheader, elevating the league’s season total to 103 aces through 20 matches … Aspiration is committed to planting 10 trees for every ace this season as part of its ‘Aspiration Aces’ initiative.

  • Team Edmond and Team Hilley faced each other for the third week in a row … Team Hilley secured a 74-62 verdict in the first meeting during Week Two before Team Edmond responded with a 72-60 triumph in Week Three.

  • Chaussee’s 27 kills tied the Athletes Unlimited Volleyball single-match record set by outside hitter Bethania De La Cruz against Team Stivrins on March 25, 2022 … In addition, she set a new single-match standard with her 58 attack attempts, surpassing De La Cruz’s previous league record of 57 attempts against Team Valentin-Anderson on March 23, 2022.

  • In four Friday night matches this season, Chaussee is averaging 21.5 kills and 9.5 digs per outing while producing a .330 hitting percentage … She is also averaging 345.5 leaderboard points per contest in those affairs.

  • Chaussee has tallied 10 or more kills for the seventh consecutive match while reaching the 20-kill mark for the second time this season … She had 24 kills against Team Edmond on October 13 to begin Week Two.

  • Chaussee posted her fourth double-double of the season after adding 11 digs in the setback … Three of the four double-double efforts have come in Friday night matches.

  • Outside hitter Yossiana Pressley registered a season-high 12 kills in the loss for Team Hilley, marking her third double-digit kill output of the season.

  • Edmond, the only player in the league with 10 or more kills in every match this season, has posted double-digit kills in 15 consecutive matches dating back to last season … It also marked the 27th double-digit kill performance of her Athletes Unlimited career, which ranks second behind De La Cruz’s 32 instances.

  • Opposite Genesis Collazo matched her season high with 10 digs in the win for Team Edmond.

  • Setter Sydney Hilley posted her third double-double of the season after finishing with 44 assists and 10 digs … She also reached the 40-assist plateau for the third time this season.

  • Libero Kendall White has 10 or more digs in eight of her last nine matches after closing Friday’s action with 14 digs.

  • Setter Natalia Valentin-Anderson extended her Athletes Unlimited record with her 16th career double-double after notching 36 assists with 10 digs … It is the 20th time in 25 career matches Valentin-Anderson has collected 30 or more assists, which also stands as a league record.

  • Libero Amanda Benson posted her 20th career match with 10 or more digs after ending play on Friday night with 12 digs.

  • Vander Weide recorded 10 or more kills in back-to-back matches for the first time this season.

MATCH MVPS

  • #1 – Claire Chaussee (Team Hilley, +60)
  • #2 – Leah Edmond (Team Edmond, +40)
  • #3 – Lindsey Vander Weide (Team Edmond, +20)
Photos of the Match

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