All Tricks, No Treats for Bearcats at No. 14 Dayton|
Oct. 31, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-18) decision to No. 14 University of Dayton Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio. It was the second loss to a ranked opponent in as many matches for the Bearcats.
Cincinnati (9-16, 7-4 BIG EAST) was led by seniors Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Becca Refenes (Westland, Mich./Lutheran Westland) with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Junior Emily MacIntyre (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) added a match-high 23 digs for an impressive 7.67 digs/set ratio.
The Bearcats recorded just a .101 hitting percentage on the night and registered 34 kills, compared to Dayton's 41. The Flyers also out-blocked the Bearcats 8-4 and had nine more assists (41 to 32).
Dayton (20-4, 11-0 A-10) was led by senior All-American, and Cincinnati native, Rachel Krabacher who had 13 kills and nine digs in the match.
The Flyers got off to a hot start to open the match, outscoring the Bearcats 10-3. UD scored four consecutive points following three UC errors to jump ahead 6-1. Another Cincinnati error gave Dayton the 10-3 lead, forcing head coach Molly Alvey to call a timeout. The Bearcats responded out of the break with three straight points on a kill by senior Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) and two by Scott to bring the score to 10-7, but would remain behind through the duration of the game. Dayton eventually won the set 25-16. Errors proved to be the downfall for the Bearcats in the first game, as UC hit into 11 attack errors compared to Dayton's three. Cincinnati received four kills each from Hayden and Scott and 11 assists from senior Rachel Rohlfs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Grand Valley State) in the game.
Cincinnati dropped the second game 25-18 to fall behind 2-0 in the match. The Flyers scored three consecutive kills to jump ahead 21-16, and the Bearcats could not recover. Refenes recorded four kills in the game to pace the UC offense.
Cincinnati dropped the third game 25-18 as Dayton won the match in straight sets. The Bearcats used four straight points, including a kill by Hayden and two by Scott, to take a 5-3 lead early. A kill by sophomore Me'Ashah Nicholson (Shiloh, Ill./Belleville Althoff) extended the lead to 7-4, but the Flyers responded with a 10-point rally to take a commanding 14-7 lead. After Dayton had pushed the lead to 17-9, Cincinnati fought back with four consecutive points, including a Refenes service ace, to climb to within 17-13. The Flyers stopped the Bearcats rally and continued to grow the lead. A Refenes kill halted the first Flyer match point, but on their second attempt, a kill by Krabacher ended the match.
The Bearcats will return home on Fri., Nov. 2 to face Georgetown University at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena.