Volleyball: Raiders Beat Medaille, Advance to NCAA Second Round

Mel Patterson had seven kills in Mount Union's first round win over Medaille (photo courtesy of Paul Evans)
Mel Patterson had seven kills in Mount Union's first round win over Medaille (photo courtesy of Paul Evans)
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NCAA First Round - Mount Union 3, Medaille 0
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.The Mount Union volleyball team won its third NCAA Tournament match in school history on Thursday evening, beating Medaille (N.Y.) in straight sets (25-6, 25-12, 25-12) to advance to Friday's second round.

For the Purple Raiders (27-6), it is the second straight year they have reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Mount Union won the first five points of the first set and never looked back.  Freshman Kristen Kayser (Oregon/Clay) served the first five points, quickly burying the upstart Medaille Mavericks, which was making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.  Junior Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) posted five kills in the first set, while Christine Frazier (Westerville/Westerville North) dug out six Maverick attacks.  

In the second, the resilient Mavericks got on the scoreboard just three points into the game and trailed 8-4 before Mount Union's Mary Tout (North Royalton/North Royalton) registered back-to-back kills to put her team up 10-4.  Then, leading 14-5, Mount Union's Kara Berger (Mentor/Mentor) gave the Raiders a 10-point lead with a vicious kill to the back-left corner of the court.  Just minutes later, Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) gave the Raiders their largest lead of the set (21-9) with a kill.  

A Tout and Berger block with Mount Union up 24-12 gave the Raiders the set and 2-0 advantage in the match.  Tout and Mel Patterson (Mentor/Lake Catholic) paced the Raiders in the second set with three kills each.

The Raiders and Mavericks split the first 14 points of the third set before Mount Union rattled off four straight points, highlighted by Tout, Patterson and Snyder kills.

But Medaille answered by recording the next four points to knot the score at 11.  

The string of runs would continue.

Mount Union rattled off the next 13 points, highlighted by three blocks by Snyder and Dee Glass (Medina/Medina) to put the match away.  Kayser served all 13 of the Mount Union points.  A Snyder kill at 24-12 ended the match and sent the Raiders into the second round.

Snyder, Patterson and Tout each had seven kills to lead the Raiders.  Kristen Gromes (Mentor/Lake Catholic) posted a game-high 14 digs and Frazier followed with 12.  Glass finished with six blocks, Snyder had four and Kayser tallied 14 assists.

Meghan Fahy led Medaille with 12 kills.  The Mavericks finished their season at 16-13.

The 58-minute match was the shortest of the season for the Raiders.  They will meet the winner of the match between top-ranked Calvin (Mich.) and Heidelberg tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Grand Rapids.