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Lions' women's volleyball team loses close three-set match at home to Rose-Hulman

Thursday, October 11, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

Visiting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology claimed three, closely-contested sets tonight against the Lions, en route tto the HCAC victory. The Mount, 5-1 in the HCAC and atop the conference standings, goes to 8-12 overall. They will return to HCAC action on Oct. 13 at Anderson University.

Rose-Hulman posted the first set win, 28-26, claiming the last two points on a kill and service ace. Bethani Ritter (Cincinnati, OH/McAuley) led the Lions with five kills while Hannah Vanarsdall (Cincinnati, OH/McAuley) had four kills, four digs and a block. Janelle Davis (Convoy, OH/Wayne Trace) had 12 assists. The Lions led the first set 2-0 and saw the score tied at every point from 22-26.

Nicole Sherpensky (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) helped the Mount keep pace in the second set, along with libero Jaclyn Stenger (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) but the Lions fell 29-27. Rose-Hulman out hit the Lions, .302 to .204, despite the Mount gaining 19 kills.

The Engineers jumped out to a 7-2 lead in set three, but saw the Lions tie the score at nine-all and go up, 14-10 thanks to their offensive attack behind various players. A kill by Ritter put the Lions further ahead, 18-12, but Rose-Hulman went on a 9-3 run to tie the score at 21. The two teams fought back-and-forth down the stretch, tied at points 22, 23, and 24, before the Engineers posted the third set and match win by producing two kills at the end of match. The Lions had a .324 hitting percentage in the final set, connecting for 17 kills.

Ritter led the Mount with 14 kills while Sherpensky chipped in 13 kills and two blocks. Vanarsdall added eight kills. Davis collected 28 assists in the match while Stenger, 13 digs, and Michelle Woods (Ft. Wright, KY/Newport Central Catholic), 10 digs and two aces, led the defense. The Mount had 47 kills in the match and a .200 hitting percentage.

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