ADA, Ohio -- The Mount Union women's volleyball team (16-3, 0-1 OAC) opened up Ohio Athletic Conference competition with a 3-0 loss at #19 Ohio Northern (16-3, 1-0 OAC).
The Polar Bears (16-3, 1-0 OAC) won in straight sets for the fourth time in six games after they defeated the Purple Raiders (16-3, 0-1 OAC) 25-18, 26-24, and 25-22.
The Purple Raiders spread the ball around as they had sophomore Marlee Peck (Homeworth/Marlington) score eight kills while freshman Madelin DiBease (Perry/Perry) and senior setter Riley Schenk (Lorain/Amherst Steele) had seven kills apiece.
While the Purple Raiders opened the first set grabbing and early 4-3 lead, but the Polar Bears used an 8-1 run to take the lead and never relinquished it the rest of the first set. The Raiders recorded their best hitting percentage of the afternoon of .171 in the first set but could not handle the .229 of Ohio Northern's. For any answer the Raiders had in the first set, it seemed like Ohio Northern had two answers right back. The Polar Bears went on to win the first set 25-18.
The second set showed to be the most competitive set as the final score was 26-24 Northern. The entire set seemed to be a back and forth battle all they way up to the end. Ohio Northern opened up a 21-18 lead in the set until the Raiders called a timeout and processed to go on a 3-0 run to tie the score at 21 all led by a service ace from Schenk and a couple hitting errors from Northern. After going back and forth with points up to 24 all, the Polar Bears closed set two with two kills en route to a 26-24 set win.
Mount Union held the lead for the majority of the final set before Ohio Northern used a 4-0 run to take the lead 22-19 late in the set. The Raiders ended up going on their own 3-0 run to tie the set at 22 all but a hitting error and two kills spelled doom for the Raiders as the Polar Bears won the final set 25-22.
The Purple Raiders look to get back in the win column in the OAC Tuesday, October 3rd at 7 p.m. at Baldwin Wallace