Bearcats Fall to No.12 Hawai'i; Take Second in Tournament|
Sept. 11, 2011
HONOLULU – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end as it took second place in the Verizon Volleyball Challenge Saturday evening after losing to No.12 Hawai’i 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-21) in front of almost 7,000 fans.
Sophomore libero Emily MacIntyre (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) made the All-Tournament team at the end of the tournament. She recorded and led the tournament with 52 total digs (11 in the match against the Rainbow Wahine). Junior Emily Hayden (Lousiville, Ky./Assumption) joined her on the All-Tournament team after recording a .483 hitting percentage (.545 in the final match).
Senior Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) led the team with 9 kills, she also recorded 7 digs. Junior Megan Turner (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central) and Hayden had 7 kills each, followed closely behind by junior Becca Refenes (Westland, Mich./Lutheran Westland) with 6 kills. Refenes also recorded 3 block assists. Junior Jordanne Scott (Indinapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) led the match with 4 block assists. Freshman Caylin Mahoney (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Central) recorded 30 assists in the match.
The Bearcats started the third set close with a Harpenau kill and a score of 8-7. Turner recorded two kills to pull the Bearcats within three at 13-10. After a questionable call on a Wahine hit, the Bearcats were close but still down 17-15. An ace from Harpenau put the score at a tie at 17 to force a Hawai’i timeout. The Bearcats went on a 3-1 run on the serve of MacIntyre thanks to a kill from Hayden. The score continued to go point for point as both teams played great defense and put away kills, but the Wahine were up 22-21. Hitting errors at the end proved to be the kiss of death for the Bearcats as the Rainbow Wahine took the third and final set 25-21.
The second set started with Hawai’i up 6-1, Turner earning the only point for the Bearcats. The team’s momentum was interrupted when a ball rolled onto the court but the Bearcats still managed to get points on the board thanks to digs from freshman Jamie Netisingha (Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and a Harpenau kill 8-7. Refenes then slammed two kills down right behind the ten-foot line to keep the Bearcats close 12-11. The Bearcats had their first lead of the match 13-12 with a Turner kill, but saw it slip away as the Wahine went on a 6-1 run 18-14. Even though Scott and Harpenau added kills, the Wahine still was able to stay ahead 20-18. The Bearcats tied the score again when Refenes and Scott combined for a huge block out of the middle and then Scott turned and solo blocked an outside hit to pull them ahead 21-20. Even though the Bearcats tied the score at 23, the Wahine would not look back as they came away with the set 25-23.
The Bearcats greatly improved their offensive numbers with a .306 hitting percentage compared to the Wahine’s .324. After several rallies with diving saves from both teams, Hawai’i found themselves on top 5-3 in the first set. The Rainbow Wahine continued a 4-0 run until Sunahara called a timeout at 9-3. A kill from Harpenau on a Hawai’i overpass brought the Bearcats closer 10-5. A Hayden kill gained another point for the Bearcats, but still had a long way to go at 14-8. Scott and Refenes teamed up to block a hit straight back down from one of Hawai’i’s best hitters 16-9. An ace from Mahoney and a kill from Hayden propelled the Bearcats within five points 19-14. Some block touches that landed out of bounds and missed digs led to a score of 23-18 in favor of the Wahine. The Wahine would continue this pattern until they won the set 25-18. The Bearcats hit .075 compared to the Wahine .317 percentage.
The Bearcat volleyball team will be in action again next weekend when they travel to Champaign, Ill. for the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge where they will face No. 4 Illinois and No. 13 Purdue (rankings are based on the September 5 release, another poll will be completed September 12).
The Verizon Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament Team
*Andrew Lee, a broadcast journalism student from University of Hawai'i took the three pictures attached to this story. This includes the front page picture of the team and the miniature picture of Reed Sunahara*