Cincinnati Wins Fifth Consecutive Match|
Oct. 30, 2011
Tampa, Fla. -The University of Cincinnati volleyball team defeated the South Florida Bulls 3-1 Sunday afternoon in Tampa (25-17, 26-28, 25-19, 25-21).
The Bearcats, now 8-2 in BIG EAST play, were led by three hitters who recorded double-digit kills. Junior Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind. /Lawrence North) led the match with 22 kills and a .415 hitting percentage. Senior Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) put down 12 kills and recorded 9 digs, just short of a double-double and a team-high. Junior Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky. /Assumption) was close behind with 11 kills.
Freshman Caylin Mahoney (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Central) set up the Bearcat attack with 52 assists, averaging a career-high 13.2 per set. The team had a .259 hitting percentage overall. She also recorded 8 digs in the four sets.
USF started the fourth set with a 7-5 lead, even with kills from Scott. The Bearcats pushed ahead a few points, but the Bulls reclaimed the lead at 14-13. Both teams went on runs and blocked well until Refenes recorded a solo block in the middle and Scott put down a kill for a 20-17 lead. The set and the match ended with a kill from junior Megan Turner (Ontario, N.Y. /Wayne Central) and a Bearcat win 25-21.
Just like the tone of the rest of the match so far, the third set started close with a tie score at 6. The biggest lead for the Bearcats so far in the third set came at 16-12 with a block from Refenes and Scott and kills from Turner. The team used a questionable call, made in favor of the Bulls, as fuel to go on a 3-0 run for a 22-16 lead thanks to kills from Refenes. The set ended with a 25-19 Bearcat win.
The second set started with a tie score at 7 thanks to kills from Hayden and an ace from Refenes. Mahoney then added a kill of her own to keep the score at a standstill at 14. Refenes and Scott combined for a block to pull the Bearcats ahead 19-18. An ace and kill from USF then switched the momentum for a Bull lead 23-21. The Bulls had set point 24-21, but the Bearcats did not make it easy with a 4-0 run to be up 25-24. The teams would trade points and set points until USF finally ended the set 28-26 with a kill.
The Bearcats started the match down 8-4, but with kills from Harpenau and an ace from Mahoney to add to a 7-0 run, they fought back to pull ahead 11-8. Two Scott kills and digs from Refenes kept the lead 19-11. A kill from Hayden put the Bearcats closer to the set win, but the Bulls fought for a score of 23-16. Refenes ended the set with a kill 25-17, thanks to a defensive effort from freshman Jamie Netisingha (Westmont, Ill. /Hinsdale Central) and MacIntyre. The Bearcats' defense as a team held the Bulls to a .029 hitting percentage in the first set.
The team will return home for more BIG EAST action Saturday, November 5 against Marquette who is undefeated in BIG EAST. Sunday, November 6 the Bearcats will take on Syracuse. Both matches start at 2:00 p.m.