Volleyball Drops Three-Set Match to Mount St. Joseph

Photo by Madi Wellendorf
Photo by Madi Wellendorf

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WILMINGTON, Ohio – Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) topped the Wilmington College volleyball team for the second time in two weeks as the Lions defeated the Fightin' Quakers 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-15) in non-conference action at Hermann Court on Tuesday evening.

MSJ also defeated Wilmington in straight sets in Cincinnati on Sept. 1.

The Lions (4-2) got out a 10-2 lead in set one, but the Quakers battled back. Trailing 20-12, Wilmington went on a 6-2 run fueled by kills from Karrah Wind, Mariella Szrom and Grace Ewing. The hosts could get no closer, however, as MSJ closed out the set with a kill from Hannah Meckstroth and an attack error from Wilmington.

The Quakers grabbed early leads in both of the final two sets, but couldn't overcome the Lions hitting a .200 clip in set two and a .302 clip in set three. For the first time this season, however, Wilmington did not hit negative in any set of the match.

Wilmington ended up hitting .127 as a team (28 kills on 102 attempts with 15 errors) while MSJ hit a .263 clip (42 kills on 114 attack attempts with 12 errors). The Lions held a 6-2 edge in blocking as well as keeping Wilmington out of system with a dozen service aces.

Individually, Wind finished with a .312 attack percentage and seven kills, both team highs for the Quakers. Jacie Koontz dished out nine assists and added 11 digs while Karley Schlensker recorded 15 digs to lead Wilmington's back row.

MSJ featured a three-headed attack led by Cailey Plemmons with 15 kills. Hannah Meckstroth, who finished with a .500 attack percentage, and Briana Looney both finished with 10 kills. Setter Sydney Wilzbach dished out 37 assists while Karlie Schell had 15 digs.

Wilmington (1-7) will play four matches this weekend at the Manchester University Invitational. The Quakers are scheduled to face Governor's State University and Saint Mary's College (Indiana) on Friday followed by host Manchester and Indiana University-Northwest on Saturday.

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