Volleyball: Mount Union Falls in Four Sets to No. 23 Ohio Northern

Abby Riffee (Photos By: JT Higgins)
Abby Riffee (Photos By: JT Higgins)

ADA, Ohio- Mount Union's volleyball team was defeated by No. 23 Ohio Northern in four sets in Ada on Saturday.

The Polar Bears (17-4, OAC 3-0) defeated the Purple Raiders (13-7, OAC 2-1) by scores of 25-17, 13-25, 18-25, and 17-25.

Offensively, the Raiders were led by sophomore Brooke Knollman (Powell/ Olentangy Liberty) who tallied 13 kills and sophomore Mallory Sliman (Amherst/Amherst Steele) adding 11 kills.

Sophomore setter Riley Schenk (Lorain/Amherst Steele) led the team with 29 assists.

Defensively, Mount Union was led by freshman Allison Baird (North Royalton/North Royalton) with 14 digs while senior Abby Riffee added 10 digs for the Raiders.

The Raiders found the momentum in the first set winning 25-17. While the Polar Bears fell short, they would respond with a 25-13 victory in set two. Northern would go on to win the next two sets 25-18 and 25-17.

The Raiders are back in action Tuesday, October 13 when they travel to Berea, Ohio to take on Baldwin Wallace.

  Ohio Northern def. Mount Union 17-25,25-13,25-18,25-17

  Mount Union (13-7, 2-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Brooke Knollman 13-0-2;
  Mallory Sliman 11-0-3; Kyleigh Jackson 10-0-3; Morgan Chapman 7-0-2;
  Riley Schenk 5-2-1; Emma Mathieson 4-0-0; Caitlyn Synek 1-0-1; Totals
  51-2-6.0. (Assists) - Riley Schenk 29. (Dig leaders) - Allison Baird
  14; Abby Riffee 10; Riley Schenk 8

  Ohio Northern (17-4, 3-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kaitlann Hogrefe
  10-1-1; Claire Heitkamp 10-0-1; Haley Potters 10-0-6; Kristin Sessler
  7-0-1; Ellie Gillespie 7-1-4; Ashley Borchers 6-2-2; Brenna Dee 0-4-0;
  Michaela Sharlow 0-1-0; Megan Nieszala 0-1-0; Totals 50-10-9.0.
  (Assists) - Ashley Borchers 42. (Dig leaders) - Megan Nieszala 23;
  Kristin Sessler 10; Michaela Sharlow 8

  Site: Ada, Ohio (ONU Sports Center)
  Date: Oct 10, 2015   Attend: 168   Time: 1hr 38  
  Referees: Donald Leckey, Bob Blevins