Women's Volleyball |
Volleyball Advances To Semifinals With 3-0 Win Over Charlotte
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Sophomore Trish Ladusaw (Louisville,
Ky./Assumption) tallied her eighth consecutive double-double and junior
Tobi Kirchenwitz (Janesville, Wis./Joseph A. Craig) blasted four service
aces to help the University of Cincinnati volleyball team to its fourth
consecutive appearance in the Conference USA Tournament Semifinals with a
3-0 win over host Charlotte 49ers on Friday evening at Halton Arena. The
Bearcats took control early and came back from a large deficit in game two
en route to a 15-7, 16-14, 15-6 win.
Ladusaw ended the evening with 14 kills and 12 digs for UC, which
hit .245 for the contest. Sophomore Bonita Wise (Riverside, Calif./John W.
North) added seven kilsl on .500 hitting to go along with eight digs and a
pair of blocks. Freshman Ashley Grooms (Fresno, Calif./Bullard), seeing
extensive playing time, had 12 digs and three kills in the win. Classmate
Leslie Newell (Merillville, Ind./Merillville) had nine kills and three digs
"We'll need to play a lot better than we did to continue," said
head coach Reed Sunahara. "(Ashley) Grooms stepped in and played very
well, doing the little things we needed her to do. She was a real spark
for us tonight."
Cincinnati (23-7) raced out to an early 6-2 lead in game one and
extended it to 12-6 on a pair of service aces by Kirchenwitz and a kill by
senior Shauntel Miller (Glenwood, Ill./Bloom). The Bearcats took game one
15-7 after three consecutive kills by Ladusaw. Ladusaw ended the game with
five kills and four digs as the Bearcats hit .357.
Esra Akgun got the 49ers (14-18) off to a strong start in game two,
serving five consecutive points to give Charlotte a 6-3 lead. The 49ers
used a tandem block to bring the lead to 9-4 before Cincinnati mounted a
rally. UC cut the lead to 10-7 before the 49ers regained momentum, scoring
the next four points. The Bearcats staved off three game points and
tallied seven consecutive scores to cut tie the game at 14-14. A service
ace by Ladusaw gave UC game points and a Newell kill earned UC a 16-14
comeback win. Cincinnati totalled 24 digs in the game, including seven
UC used the momentum from the comeback to jump out to a 9-1 lead
and quickly put the 49ers away to end the contest, holding the 49ers to a
.000 hitting percentage in the game.
The Bearcats will face Louisville, a 3-1 winner over Tulane,
tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the C-USA semifinals. Houston will meet South
Florida in the other quarterfinal match. The finals are Sunday at 2 p.m.
with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.