Bearcats Dominate Panthers|
Oct. 22, 2011
CINCINNATI –The University of Cincinnati volleyball team displayed a dominant performance Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena as the team beat the University of Pittsburgh Panthers 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-17).
The team recorded a .326 hitting percentage, led by junior Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind. /Lawrence North) who put down 12 kills and a .409 percentage.
Senior Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) also had an impressive effort at the net with 8 kills and a .533 hitting percentage. Harpenau also recorded 8 digs and 2 blocks. Junior Becca Refenes (Westland, Mich. /Lutheran Westland) recorded 8 kills on a .412 percentage and four blocks.
Sophomore Emily Macintyre (Muncie, Ind. /Yorktown) continues to be a force in the back court, as she led all players in the match with 15 digs. Freshman Caylin Mahoney (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Central) had 43 assists and three aces.
A triple block made up of Refenes, Harpenau and Scott started the third set for a Bearcat lead 7-3. Harpenau then teamed up with junior Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky. /Assumption) for another block, added to a kill from junior Megan Turner (Ontario, N.Y. /Wayne Central) for a score of 12-6. Scott added an ace for a 19-12 lead late in the set. Refenes ended the match with a kill 25-17.
Scott started the second set with 3 kills in a row. Harpenau and Mahoney added to that trend with kills of their own for a Bearcat lead 10-6. Harpenau then rotated to the back row and went on a 4-0 run with her serve to extend the lead 16-8. Hayden then recorded two kills for a 21-13 lead. The second set ended with a Mahoney ace 25-14. The Bearcats hit well in set two with a powerful .550 hitting percentage as a team.
The Bearcats started the match aggressive at the net with kills from Scott, Turner and Refenes and a quick 11-7 lead. Additional kills from Hayden and digs from MacIntyre kept the Bearcats ahead 20-15. Refenes then added an ace to pull the set win closer 23-17. The Panthers fought back toward the end but the Bearcats took the set win 25-21.
The volleyball team will be in action again tomorrow October 23 at 2:00 p.m. against West Virginia at Fifth Third Arena.