ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union volleyball team defending its home court and remained unbeaten in Ohio Athletic Conference play with a 3-1 win over John Carroll.
The Purple Raiders (18-5, 4-0) responded well after splitting a pair of matches over the weekend, winning the first set, 25-12. John Carroll came to life in the second set, winning 25-22 and evening the match. The Raiders showed their determination by winning the next two sets, 25-18 and 25-22 for the 3-1 decision.
Freshman Sarah Schleich (Westfield Center/Cloverleaf) made her first collegiate start and had 33 assists. Lauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) had 14 digs, followed by Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) with 12 digs. Webb had a team-best six blocks for the Purple Raider defense.
John Carroll (8-13, 0-4) was led by Charlotte Sykora with 13 kills, Kerry Fox with 23 assists and Jess Hammer with 12 digs.
Mount Union returns to action Saturday when they travel to Tiffin to battle for first place in the OAC. Heidelberg, the defending OAC champion, is 22-2 overall and are the sixth-ranked team in the current AVCA Coaches poll.
Mount Union def. John Carroll 25-12,22-25,25-18,25-22
John Carroll (8-13, 0-4 OAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Charlotte Sykora
13-1-2; Teresa Noewer 9-1-0; Sarah Slagle 8-1-1; Kerry Fox 5-2-2; Jess
Hammer 4-2-0; Laura Sudo 3-0-1; Mary Kate Bastulli 1-0-0; Emily
Bendzak 1-0-0; Gina Catania 0-1-0; Melanie Rodriguez 0-1-0; Totals
44-9-4.0. (Assists) - Kerry Fox 23; Jess Hammer 14. (Dig leaders) -
Jess Hammer 12; Sarah Slagle 12; Gina Catania 9
Mount Union (18-5, 4-0 OAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Deanna Glass 8-3-4;
Taylor Webb 8-0-6; Nicole Snyder 7-0-2; Melanie Patterson 6-0-1; Maya
Brown 6-0-5; Sarah Schleich 4-0-1; Lauren Mastroine 2-0-0; Christine
Frazier 1-0-0; Riley Galant 0-1-0; Allison Insana 0-4-0; Kristen
Gromes 0-3-0; Totals 42-11-11.0. (Assists) - Sarah Schleich 33. (Dig
leaders) - Lauren Mastroine 14; Kristen Gromes 12; Allison Insana 10
Site: Alliance, Ohio (The MAAC)
Date: Oct 11, 2011 Attend: 227 Time: 1:30