Volleyball Advances to 2-0 with Sweep of UC Irvine

Aug. 30, 2014

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati volleyball team is 2-0 for the first time since 2010 after sweeping UC Irvine 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23) in the second match of the Queen City Invitational in Fifth Third Arena.

The Bearcats used a balanced attack to beat the Anteaters in three sets. Senior Me'Ashah Nicholson (Shiloh, Ill./Belleville Althoff) led Cincinnati with 10 kills and a .389 hitting percentage. Freshman Christine Chandler (Milford, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and senior Jamie Netisingha (Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central) recorded 11 and 10 digs, respectively to lead he defensive effort.

// Notables

·         The Bearcats recorded 8.0 blocks for the second consecutive match compared to 6.0 for the Anteaters.

·         The match was the second straight that the Bearcats recorded a higher hitting percentage than their opponent.

·         With a Xavier win over Duquesne, the match tonight against Xavier at 6 p.m. in the Cintas Center is essentially the championship match of the Queen City Classic.

·         Sophomore Lindsey Dinkelacker (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Louis) made her Cincinnati debut when she entered the match in the third set.

// Set Breakdown

Set 1: UC 25, UCI 23

·         The Bearcats scored three straight points to take an early 8-4 lead with a block by Nicholson and redshirt sophomore Alison Kimmel (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North), a service ace by Chandler and a kill by Nicholson.

·         After UC jumped ahead 18-13, the Anteaters scored three in a row to climb within 18-15 and force a UC timeout.

·         UC Irvine used two service aces to tie the score at 20-20 and take a 21-20 lead.

·         The Bearcats closed out the set with three straight points on a UCI service error and two blocks by senior Madi Lang (Commerce Township, Mich./Florida Atlantic) and Kimmel).

Set 2: UC 25, UCI 22

·         UC took a 9-6 lead after three consecutive points but UCI responded with five of its own to go ahead 11-9.

·         An ace by Nicholson put UC ahead 18-16 and forced a UC Irvine timeout.

·         The Bearcats scored five of the last seven points and closed the set on a UCI service error.

Set 3: UC 25, UCI 23

·         Back-to-back duel blocks by Nicholson/Amelia Wegman (Aurora, Ill./Rosary) and Nicholson/Emma Roberson (Brooks, Ky./Evansville) followed by two kills by Nicholson gave UC a 13-10 lead.

·         A kill from Ciara Hill (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) and a Hill/Kimmel block put UC ahead 20-16.

·         Cincinnati had three match point opportunities before finally putting the match away with a UCI attacking error.

·         Nicholson paced the Bearcats throughout the set, recording six kills and two blocks.

// Up Next

The Bearcats will face Xavier University in the Queen City Classic tonight at 6 p.m. from the Cintas Center on the campus of XU.

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