Dayton, Ohio--- Despite 25 kills and 20 digs from sophomore Julie DuPont (Muskego, Wis./Muskego), the University of Cincinnati volleyball team dropped its third straight match, falling to Central Michigan in four games at the Raider Challenge at Wright State. Both teams records now stand at 2-5.
Cincinnati held the lead early in the first game, but 10 hitting errors and a .109 hitting percentage led to a 30-28 defeat. The Chippewas dominated the second game statistically, again overcoming an early Bearcat lead to post a 33-31 win. Central Michigan hit .280 in game two, to .145 for UC.
The Bearcats rebounded to score a game three win, outhitting the Chippewas .306-.079 and posting a 30-19 win. The fourth and final game was evenly contested statistically, as CMU hit .293 to the Bearcats? .235, good enough for a 30-27 victory.
?We were up in each of the first two games, but we just couldn?t hold the lead,? said Bearcat head coach Reed Sunahara. ?If we can learn to finish, we?ll be a much better team.?
Senior Trish Ladusaw (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) also posted a double-double in the defeat, tallying 12 kills and 14 digs. Senior Bonita Wise (Riverside, Calif./John W. North) and sophomore Rachel Torblaa (Savage, Minn./Burnsville) each racked up double digits in kills, with 16 and 10 respectively.
Kendra DeVries led the Chippewas with 23 kills, while Emily Lovejoy added 16. The Chippewas outhit the Bearcats for the match by a .228 to .199 clip.
Cincinnati returns to action with two matches at the Raider Challenge on Saturday. The Bearcats will face Austin Peay at 1:30 p.m., before battling the host Raiders at 7 p.m.