UC Sweeps RedHawks in Home Opener

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UC Sweeps RedHawks in Home Opener

Contact: Geoff Wiswell

9/3/2002

  • Box Score

    CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Despite trailing in all three games, Cincinnati swept Miami (O.), 3-0, in volleyball action Tuesday night at the Shoemaker Center. It was UC’s home opener and its only home match until Oct. 13. The Bearcats evened their record at 2-2 with the 30-25, 30-26, 30-26 win. The RedHawks fell to 2-2.

    The Bearcats opened up a 6-3 lead in game one on the strength of three Trish Ladusaw kills, but the RedHawks ran off the next five points for an 8-6 lead. MU pushed ahead 15-11 on a Jennifer Eaton kill. UC responded with a 4-0 run to tie the game on consecutive Maddie Barron aces. The teams stayed within two points until a six-point run by UC game it a 27-22 advantage. Ladusaw’s eighth kill of the game gave UC the 30-25 win. Outside hitters Ladusaw and Julie DuPont combined for 14 kills and just three errors in the game.

    In game two, neither team gained more than a two-point advantage until a 5-1 RedHawk run put them up, 14-9. Kelly McCullough had two blocks and a kill in the run. UC responded with 7-2 run to knot the game at 16-16. The game stayed within two points until a 3-0 Bearcat run put them ahead, 28-25. An MU error and block by Rachel Torblaa and Leslie Newell produced the 30-26 win. UC hit just .158 in the game but benefitted from seven Miami service errors. DuPont had eight kills and Ladusaw tallied six digs. Susan Poll had six kills for MU in the frame.

    The RedHawks looked to put game three away early, using a 4-0 run to take an 8-5 lead and then a 5-1 run to move ahead 16-9. Trailing 18-11, UC dominated the remainder of the game, winning 13 of the next 17 points to take a 24-22 lead. Newell had four kills and a block in the run and DuPont numbered two kills, an ace and a block. Two DuPont kills capped a 3-0 run to move UC ahead 29-25 and one point later Bonita Wise finished the match with her fifth kill.

    “We beat a good team tonight,” said head coach Reed Sunahara. “We came out slow in all the games, but started making plays when we needed to. We can’t continue to do that if we want to be successful.”

    DuPont finished with a match-high 22 kills and eight digs while Ladusaw tallied 12 kills and 15 digs. Laura Lauder picked up 32 assists and Torblaa had six blocks.

    For Miami, Tara Buroker had 11 kills and a match-high 17 digs and Poll added 10 kills and five blocks.

    The Bearcats face Michigan in Ann Arbor on Fri., Sept. 6 at 7 pm while Miami heads to the Georgia Tech Invitational. MU opens against Florida A&M on Friday at 5 pm.

     


     

     

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