Top-seeded Volleyball Defeats Fourth-seed Otterbein in OAC Semifinals Friday; Advances to Championship Saturday

Lauren Mastroine (Photo by Ryan Baker)
Lauren Mastroine (Photo by Ryan Baker)

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Top-seeded Mount Union's women's volleyball team, ranked No. 10 in the nation, defeated fourth-seeded Otterbein, ranked No. 16 in the nation, 3-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament Semifinals Friday, November 8 in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The Purple Raiders improve to 29-4 overall as the Cardinals fall to 26-7 overall.

In the 25-13, 25-22, 25-20 win over Otterbein, Mount Union was led by senior Taylor Webb(Geneva/Geneva) who notched nine kills as junior Lauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) tallied 15 digs.

Juniors Sarah Schleich (Westfield Center/Cloverleaf) and Brittany Woodard(Diamond/Southeast) each recorded 16 assists. Sophomore Kara Berger (Mentor/Mentor) had six blocks on the night. 

Otterbein was led offensively by Annie Juenger who tallied 10 kills as Evelyn Carus recorded 12 digs. Tabatha Piper notched 25 assists in the loss in the semifinals.

Mount Union advances to the championship match tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in the MAAC against second-seed Heidelberg. The Student Princes advanced after defeating third-seed Ohio Northern 3-2 in the first semifinals match on Friday, November 8.


Short Box Score (Match)

#16 Otterbein vs #10 Mount Union (Nov 08, 2013 at Alliance, Ohio)

Mount Union def. Otterbein 25-13,25-22,25-20

Otterbein (26-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Annie Juenger 10-1-1; Krystin

Estes 8-0-0; Maddy Shelley 6-0-0; Kim Barker 4-1-1; Kendel Kellogg

2-0-0; Kasey White 1-0-0; Kelsey Berrien 1-0-0; Tabatha Piper 1-1-0;

Emily Caldwell 0-1-0; Evelyn Carus 0-1-0; Gracie Staten 0-1-0; Totals

33-6-1.0. (Assists) - Tabatha Piper 25. (Dig leaders) - Evelyn Carus

12; Emily Caldwell 8; Tabatha Piper 8

Mount Union (29-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Taylor Webb 9-0-1; Allison

Twining 8-2-1; Mel Patterson 6-0-1; Nicole Snyder 5-0-2; Sara Brown

4-0-1; Kara Berger 4-2-6; Abby Riffee 0-1-0; Lauren Mastroine 0-3-0;

Totals 36-8-7.0. (Assists) - Brittany Woodard 16; Sarah Schleich 16.

(Dig leaders) - Lauren Mastroine 15; Nicole Snyder 7


Site: Alliance, Ohio (The MAAC)

Date: Nov 08, 2013 Attend: 303 Time: 1:09

Referees: Al Herbert, Bob Baxter, Jane Allison, Cathy Masin