GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Mount Union volleyball team's win streak ends at 11 as they split against Wheaton (Ill.) and Rose-Hulman (Ind.) to wrap up the DePauw Tigers Invitational on Saturday afternoon; they are now tied for the third longest win streak for the Mount Union volleyball program.
Against Wheaton, the Purple Raiders (12-1) went 21-25, 28-26, 23-25, and 9-15. Mount Union was led on the offense by senior Brooke Knollman (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) with 14 kills, followed by senior Mallory Sliman's (Amherst/Amherst Steele) 13. Senior setter Riley Schenk led in assists with 45. On the defensive end, junior libero Allison Baird (North Royalton/North Royalton) recorded a season high of 37 digs. Blocking for the Raiders was junior Mary Beth Keck (Strongsville/St. Joseph Academy) and Knollman who each had four; a season high for both.
Wheaton came out tough in the first set by getting a quick 13-6 lead over Mount Union and led by as much as nine. The Raiders went on a 5-0 run late in the set but could not hold the Thunder off as they dropped the first one 21-25.
In the second set, Mount Union started with a 3-0 lead when Wheaton came back with a 7-0 run to put them ahead. Both the Raiders and the Thunder went on swift runs, but neither team let it last for long. The Raiders eventually tied it up at 25 and went on to win 28-26.
In the third, with DiBease serving, Mount Union scored five early unanswered points. However, Wheaton came right back with five unanswered of their own. Combined, the Raiders and Thunder went on four 5-point runs. Wheaton took the third set at 23-25.
Set four, the Raiders started out with a 9-3 lead over the Thunder and ended up leading by as much as nine. Mount Union won this one in dominating fashion with a final score of 25-14.
During Mount Union's first fifth set of the season, Wheaton went on a mid-set 6-0 run to put them ahead of the Raiders at 7-13. Wheaton won the match in the fifth set with a final score of 9-15.
Against Rose-Hulman (8-5), Mount Union was led again by Knollman with nine kills, followed by junior Kyleigh Jackson's (Galloway/Westland) eight. Schenk remained successful, dishing out 21 assists and getting six kills of her own. Schenk also helped protect Raider territory as she added 13 digs, to accompany Baird's team-leading 16. Sophomore Marlee Peck (Homeworth/Marlington) recorded a season-high of five blocks.
Leading early and throughout, Mount Union led Rose-Hulman by as much as six. The Fighting Engineers lived by their name and fought through to put on a 5-0 run to tie at 14. The Purple Raiders answered back with a run of their own and went on to win the first set 25-19.
In set the second set, Mount Union got ahead of Rose-Hulman by five to get a quick 9-4 lead. The Engineers led briefly at 13-18, but a couple of kills from Schenk and a service ace for Baird got things going again for the Raiders as they won the second set 25-22.
During the last set, Rose-Hulman went on a 5-0 run to give them to lead at 6-9. Leading by as much as five was still not quite enough to hold Mount Union; Raiders won 25-22.
Next up, Mount Union will head to nearby Hiram, Ohio to face the Terriers on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 pm.