Bearcats Fight in Set Three But Fall to No. 14 Purdue|
Sept. 17, 2011
Champaign, Ill. – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team was defeated by the No. 14 Purdue Boilermakers Saturday evening 3-0 in its final match of the Big 10/BIG EAST Challenge (25-15, 25-16, 25-18).
Senior Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) was the only Bearcat in double digit kills with 10. Sophomore Emily MacIntyre (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) led the team again with 9 digs. Freshman Caylin Mahoney (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Central) recorded 24 assists in the match.
The Boilermakers dominated the defense at the net with 10 blocks, compared to the Bearcats’ 3 blocks. The defense in the back row also determined the match flow. Purdue recorded 46 digs while the Bearcats had 30 digs.
The Bearcats came out of the break and started the third set with noticeably more fire and energy than they had in the whole tournament thus far. With more defensive plays in the whole back row and kills from juniors Jordanne Scott (Indianpolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Megan Turner (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central), the Bearcats were up 4-2. Digs from freshman Jamie Netisingha (Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and MacIntyre and a kill from Harpenau got the Bearcats the lead 7-6. The Bearcats went on their first run of the match 3-0 with great defense from MacIntyre, Harpenau, Netisingha and junior Karen Onuki (Troy, Ohio/Troy) and a kill from Harpenau from junior Becca Refenes (Westland, Mich./Lutheran Westland) to keep their lead 10-6. The Boilermakers went on their own run to pull ahead 12-11 after a ball landed in the middle of the Bearcats’ court. Scott and Refenes stopped that run to get within one 13-12 after combining for a block. After a diving dig from MacIntyre, the Bearcats found themselves still one behind 17-16. The Boilermakers went on a 4-0 run 21-16, forcing the Bearcats to have to fight if they wanted a chance at the upset. After a long rally, the Boilermakers found themselves at match point 24-18. Purdue sealed the win 25-18 with a kill to end the third set.
The second started shaky for the Bearcats, as the Boilermakers were all over the front row with three blocks in a row for a score of 4-1. A Turner kill and a joust win by junior Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) gained momentum for the Bearcats 5-4. Hayden put down another kill to keep the score close 12-10. A Harpenau kill ended the Boilermakers’ 4-0 run for a score of 16-11. Turner and Hayden then added kills of their own at 21-15. Purdue then slammed two more kills down from the right side to get closer to the set 23-15. The Bearcats would only earn one more point with a Harpenau kill before the set ended 25-16 in favor of Purdue.
Kills from Harpenau and Scott earned the first two points of the match for the Bearcats and kept the score close 3-2. The Boilermakers went on a 6-2 run for a score of 9-4. A Turner kill brought the Bearcats within five 10-5. Harpenau then added three kills for a score of 15-8. Turner and Refenes teamed up for a block on the outside that landed deep in the Boilermakers’ court for a point 17-10. Kills by Scott and Refenes brought the Bearcats closer 21-13. A textbook cross-court shot from Harpenau and a block from Refenes and Mahoney got the Bearcats more points 24-15. The set ended with a Boilermaker kill 25-15. After the first set, the Bearcats hit .161 and needed to step up the defense on both ends of the court after the Boilermakers hit an impressive .458.
The Bearcats will look to improve their play next week when they begin their home season against Evansville Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first home match of the 2011 season as the Bearcats look to continue the current longest winning streak in the nation.