Bearcats Take Down Mountaineers|
Oct. 23, 2011
CINCINNATI –The University of Cincinnati volleyball team defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers in straight sets Sunday afternoon (25-19, 25-20, 25-20).
The win keeps the longest current home winning streak alive with 45 wins in a row at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were led on the afternoon by junior Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind. /Lawrence North). She recorded 15 kills and a .323 hitting percentage, along with 4 blocks.
Senior Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) also had impressive all around play with 11 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore Emily Macintyre (Muncie, Ind. /Yorktown) led the match with 17 digs. Freshman Caylin Mahoney (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Central) led all players with 37 assists. The setter also recorded 9 digs, narrowly missing a double-double performance.
The third set started with a junior Becca Refenes (Westland, Mich. /Lutheran Westland) serving run, as she recorded an ace and a kill for a 7-2 lead. Kills from Harpenau and Scott added to the lead 13-8. Another kill from Harpenau and digs from junior Karen Onuki (Troy, Ohio/Troy) and MacIntyre brought the match win closer to the Bearcats 20-15. Scott and junior Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky. Assumption) then teamed up for a block just as the Mountaineers were starting to come back at 23-20. Mahoney ended the set and the match with a kill for a 25-20 third set score.
Refenes started the second set with a solo block in the middle to add to a 9-6 Bearcat lead. The Mountaineers started to fight back as they brought the score to a tie 18-18, even with kills from Harpenau and Refenes and defensive plays from Onuki. Refenes then recorded two blocks, one with Turner and another with Scott and Hayden turned around to block one with Turner as the Bearcats stayed ahead 21-19. The set ended just like the first, with a Scott kill and a 25-20 win for the Bearcats.
The Bearcats started strong with kills from Harpenau, Scott, Hayden and Mahoney. Defensive efforts from Harpenau and freshman Jamie Netisingha (Westmont, Ill. /Hinsdale Central) gave the team an early 12-7 lead. Hayden and Turner then recorded a kill each to continue the lead 18-13. Scott ended the set with a kill thanks to a one-handed dig from Mahoney and a rare assist from Hayden. Both teams did well offensively, the Bearcats hit .382 while the Mountaineers were close behind with a .360 hitting percentage.
The Bearcats will be in action again Tuesday, October 23 when they take on cross-town rivals Xavier. The match will serve as the team’s Dig for a Cure match. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer. Donations will be accepted for the cause and the first 75 fans in the door will receive a free pink Adidas bag.