Volleyball: Mount Union Drops Four Set Match to John Carroll

Abby Riffee with Parents (Photo By: Lenny Reich)
Abby Riffee with Parents (Photo By: Lenny Reich)

ALLIANCE, Ohio- Mount Union's volleyball team fell short against John Carroll in four sets on Tuesday.

The Blue Streaks (14-12, 5-3 OAC) defeated the Purple Raiders (15-10, 4-4 OAC) by scores of 25-22, 16-25, 24-26, and 14-25.

Offensively, the Raiders were led by freshman Kyleigh Jackson (Galloway/Westland) who tallied 12 kills and 6 total blocks while junior Caitlyn Synek (Independence/Independence) was right behind her with 10 kills.

Junior Kelly Johnson (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) and sophomore Riley Schenk (Lorain/Amherst Steele) each tallied 19 and 18 assists for the Raiders.

Defensively, freshman Allison Baird (North Royalton/North Royalton) led the team with 20 digs and also had 3 service aces during the match.

The Raiders found the momentum in the first set winning 25-22. While the Blue Streaks fell short, they would respond with a 25-16 victory in set two. Mount Union came back from a five point deficit in the third set with Mallory Sliman (Amherst/Amherst Steele) serving three straight serves to tie the game up 23-23. With a kill from John Carroll and an attack error from Mount Union to end set three, the Blue Streaks won 26-24. John Carroll went on to win the fourth set 25-14. 

Abby Riffee (Mineral Ridge/Mineral Ridge) was honored in the beginning of the match for her last home game of regular season.

Mount Union travels to Columbus this weekend to take on Otterbein on Friday at 7 pm and Thomas More (Ky.) on Saturday at 12 pm. 

  John Carroll def. Mount Union 22-25,25-16,26-24,25-14

  John Carroll (14-12, 5-3 OAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Leah Switalski
  18-0-1; Sarah Orlandi 12-0-4; Alex Ehrett 7-0-3; Alexa Webber 7-0-5;
  Kit O'Shaughnessy 6-1-1; Maddie McDowell 2-0-6; Caitlin Cianciolo
  0-3-0; Sara Kaminski 0-2-0; Katie Cosker 0-1-0; Totals 52-7-10.0.
  (Assists) - Kit O'Shaughnessy 41. (Dig leaders) - Sara Kaminski 24;
  Katie Cosker 17; Kit O'Shaughnessy 14; Caitlin Cianciolo 8

  Mount Union (15-10,4-4 OAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kyleigh Jackson
  12-0-6; Caitlyn Synek 10-0-3; Emma Mathieson 7-0-4; Brooke Knollman
  7-0-1; Morgan Chapman 5-2-0; Mallory Sliman 2-2-5; Allison Baird
  1-3-0; Sabrina Ochoa 0-0-1; Kelly Johnson 0-1-0; Totals 44-8-11.0.
  (Assists) - Kelly Johnson 19; Riley Schenk 18. (Dig leaders) - Allison
  Baird 20; Kelly Johnson 8

  Site: Alliance, Ohio (The MAAC)
  Date: Oct 27, 2015   Attend: 157   Time: 1:45