Bearcats Take First BIG EAST Tournament Match
gobearcats.COM Junior Jordanne Scott led the match with 12 kills.
Junior Jordanne Scott led the match with 12 kills.

Nov. 18, 2011

Box Score


Press Conference: Head Coach Reed Sunahara and Senior Missy Harpenau

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -The University of Cincinnati Volleyball team defeated Villanova University 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-16) in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship Friday afternoon.

The dominant win was the first 3-0 sweep of the entire tournament so far.

The Bearcats were led on the match by their two First-team All-BIG EAST performers. Junior Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind. /Lawrence North) recorded 12 kills and a .526 hitting percentage. Senior Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) was close behind with 11 kills. She also recorded 15 digs to tie the match-high.

Second-team All-BIG EAST freshman setter Caylin Mahoney (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Central) led the match with 30 assists. She also put down four kills and picked up six digs. Sophomore libero Emily MacIntyre (Muncie, Ind. /Yorktown) had 14 digs in the match.

The junior class as a whole propelled the victory as well. Becca Refenes (Westland, Mich. /Lutheran Westland) recorded five kills and a career-high four aces. Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky. /Assumption) led the team with four block assists. She also recorded five kills. Megan Turner (Ontario, N.Y. /Wayne Central) also had a solid performance offensively, puttting down seven kills and a .429 percentage.

Refenes started the third set with her fourth ace and a 5-2 lead. Harpenau added three kills to extend the lead 13-5. Kills from Turner and Scott added to the lead 21-7. The Wildcats started to fight back by scoring four points in a row for a Bearcat lead 23-14. Mahoney ended the third set and the match 25-16.



Mahoney and Hayden started the second set with a block, junior Karen Onuki (Troy, Ohio/Troy) added to her five total digs and Harpenau recorded kills to give the Bearcats the 11-6 advantage. Scott then put down two kills in a row for a 16-9 lead. A defensive effort from Onuki and MacIntyre led to a rare hitting kill from Mahoney 18-10. Scott added two assists from her hitting position for kills from Turner and Harpenau for the Bearcat set win 25-14.

Scott started the match with two kills and Refenes added two aces for a 10-2 Bearcat lead. Turner then added an ace of her own to continue the lead 15-9. Mahoney served a 6-0 run to push the Bearcats even further ahead 22-11 thanks to two kills from Harpenau. Refenes ended the set with a kill and the Bearcat win 25-11. The Bearcats, as a team, hit .375 while holding the Wildcats to a -.125 hitting percentage.

With the win, the Bearcats move on to the Semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship tomorrow evening, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. ET against the winner of the Seton Hall and Marquette match tonight. Fans can follow the match on twitter @CincinnatiVball or watch the match live for free at the Championship Central.