Volleyball: Mount Union Drops Four Set Match to Otterbein

Brooke Knollman and Kyleigh Jackson (Photos By: JT Higgins)
Brooke Knollman and Kyleigh Jackson (Photos By: JT Higgins)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio- Mount Union's volleyball team drops their last regular season Ohio Athletic Conference match to Otterbein in four sets Friday.

The Cardinals (13-16, 4-5 OAC) defeated the Purple Raiders (15-11, 4-5 OAC) by scores of 25-12, 19-25, 17-25 and 23-25.

Offensively, the Raiders were led by freshman Kyleigh Jackson (Galloway/Westland) and  sophomore Brooke Knollman (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) with having 12 and 11 kills respectively. Sophomore Mallory Sliman (Amherst/Amherst Steele) was right behind them with nine kills for the team.

Sophomore Riley Schenk (Lorain/Amherst Steele) led the Raiders in assists with 27 and also tallied 10 digs.

Defensively, freshman Allison Baird (North Royalton/North Royalton) led Mount Union in digs with 20 while senior Abby Riffee (Mineral Ridge/Mineral Ridge) had 11 digs.

The Raiders came out strong in the first set dominating the Cardinals winning 25-12. They had a hitting percentage of .353 in the first set having 12 kills as a team and no errors. In the second and third set, Mount Union could not take a lead on Otterbein and fell short 25-19 and 25-17.

The fourth set saw six ties and three lead changes early in the set. After a 15-15 tie, the set went back and forth until a hitting error by Mount Union and a kill by Otterbein ended the set with the Cardinals defeating the Raiders 25-23.

Mount Union will play in Westerville tomorrow against Thomas More (Ky.) in their last regular season game at noon. The Raiders will travel to Ohio Northern Tuesday, Nov. 3rd to play in the quarterfinals of the OAC Tournament at 7 pm.  

  Otterbein University def. Mount Union 12-25,25-19,25-17,25-23

  Mount Union (15-11, 4-5 OAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kyleigh Jackson
  12-0-3; Brooke Knollman 11-0-1; Mallory Sliman 9-0-1; Sabrina Ochoa
  4-0-0; Caitlyn Synek 3-0-2; Emma Mathieson 2-0-1; Riley Schenk 2-2-0;
  Morgan Chapman 2-0-0; Elise Nickoli 0-1-0; Allison Baird 0-1-0; Totals
  45-4-4.0. (Assists) - Riley Schenk 27; Kelly Johnson 10. (Dig leaders)
  - Allison Baird 20; Abby Riffee 11; Riley Schenk 10; Morgan Chapman 8

  Otterbein University (13-16, 4-5 OAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Morgan
  Lowenkamp 17-0-5; Marie Thornton 14-0-3; Kasey White 9-0-3; Maddy
  Shelley 7-3-2; Lauren Tigner 5-0-2; Andrea Miller 2-0-0; Brenna
  McNally 0-1-0; Totals 54-4-8.0. (Assists) - Andrea Miller 45. (Dig
  leaders) - Gracie Staten 23; Maddy Shelley 12; Lauren Tigner 8; Andrea
  Miller 8

  Site: Westerville, Ohio (Rike Center)
  Date: Oct 30, 2015   Attend: 341   Time: 1:38    
  Otterbein will be No. 6 seed in OAC Tournament
  Mount Union, as a result, will be No. 7 seed