Bearcats Defeat Xavier in Cross-Town Face-Off|
Oct. 25, 2011
CINCINNATI –The University of Cincinnati volleyball team defeated the Xavier Musketeers 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20) Tuesday night to claim the battle of Cincinnati.
Defense and hustle were the words of the night, as both teams did well defensively and keeping rallies going. The Bearcats recorded 71 digs as a team, while the Musketeers had 65. The match win also keeps the longest home winning streak in the nation alive with 46 wins.
The night was led by junior Emily Hayden’s (Louisville, Ky. /Assumption) consistent attacking performance. She recorded 11 kills on 24 attempts and one errors for a .417 hitting percentage.
Sophomore Emily Macintyre (Muncie, Ind. /Yorktown) led all players with 23 digs, four away from her career high. Junior Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind. /Lawrence North) put down a match high 16 kills. Senior Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) was close behind with 15 kills of her own.
Freshman Caylin Mahoney (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Central), coming off her second BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor, set up the attack with 45 assists in the match.
Two Musketeers recorded double digit kills. Sophomore outside hitters Sarah Brown and Kelsey Dunaway put down 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
The Bearcats had a 9-2 lead to start set four thanks to kills from juniors Megan Turner (Ontario, N.Y. /Wayne Central) and Becca Refenes (Westland, Mich. /Lutheran Westland). An extremely long rally ended with a Harpenau kill 10-6. Two slide kills from Hayden kept the lead 20-16. A block from Harpenau and Refenes in addition to two kills from Harpenau brought the Bearcats a small lead and match point 24-20. The fourth set and the match ended with a kill from Scott 25-20.
The third set started with an 11-6 Bearcat lead thanks to a block from Mahoney. Another block by Refenes and Turner kept the UC lead 17-11. XU then went on a 4-0 run even with digs from MacIntyre, but the Bearcats stayed ahead 18-15. A kill from Hayden pulled the Bearcats closer to the set win 23-16 thanks to digs from MacIntyre. Set three ended 25-18 with a kill from Mahoney.
The Musketeers had all the momentum to start the second set, which the score reflected, 7-4. A block from Refenes and Mahoney, a kill from Harpenau and digs from Onuki and MacIntyre brought the Bearcats ahead 11-9. A kill from Hayden thanks to a dig from freshman Jamie Netisingha (Westmont, Ill. /Hinsdale Central) kept the Bearcats up 16-13. A Turner kill brought the set win closer to the Bearcats 22-21. The set ended with a block from Hayden and Mahoney 25-23.
The Bearcats and the Musketeers played evenly the first few points until an ace from Harpenau put Cincinnati ahead 9-6. A long rally with defense from MacIntyre and Netisingha ended with a Harpenau kill, but the Musketeers had the 16-13 advantage. That lead would remain on the Musketeers’ side with a serving run from Aubree Smith 20-15. Three kills in a row from Harpenau shortened the deficit, but the Bearcats still found themselves behind 24-20. Impressive defensive plays from both squads allowed the Bearcats to fight, but the Musketeers came out with the set win 25-22.
The Bearcats travel south to Tampa for a BIG EAST contest against University of South Florida. First serve is set for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30.