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Lions' women's volleyball team concludes play at the Wittenberg University Classic
Mount freshman Jessica Wilgenbusch
Mount freshman Jessica Wilgenbusch

Saturday, September 14, 2013
by Dane Neumeister

The Mount ended play on Saturday evening at the two-day Wittenberg University Classic, falling to top-ranked Calvin College; and host and 10th-ranked Wittenberg, both by 3-0 scores. The Lions, 1-9 on the season, next travel to NCAA Division II University of Findlay for a match on Sept. 17.

Calvin College, the top ranked team in the nation in the AVCA NCAA Division III poll, pushed its record to 11-0 on the season by downing the Lions, 25-11, 25-16, and 25-17. The Knights jumped out to leads of 10-4 and 15-6 in set one against the Mount, heading to the 14-point win. Set two saw the Mount lead, 4-3 and the score tied at 6 and 7-all, before Mount errors allowed Calvin to forge ahead 11-8 and 17-10. The Knights also led in set three, 6-1 and 10-4 as the Lions were once again felled by errors. Calvin out-hit the Mount, .467 to .024 and had 13 blocks (one solo, 12 assists) to the Lions' four blocks (all assists). Jessica Wilgenbusch (Sunman, IN/East Central) led the Lions with nine kills and seven digs while Nicole Sherpensky (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) had seven digs and two block assists. Janelle Davis (Convoy, OH/Wayne Trace) had 12 assists while teammate Emma Beyer (Liberty Township, OH/Mt. Notre Dame) chipped in six digs.

Wittenberg used a varied and accurate hitting attack to down the Lions in the second match of the day, leading 6-0, 10-3 and 15-6 in the first set en route to a 25-11 win. The second set was close throughout the early stages, with ties at 4 and 6, before the Tigers pulled away at 12-6, due to Mount attack errors. The Lions got to within 14-13 and 15-14, after a kill by Hannah Mossman (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) but Wittenberg regained the lead at 20-17. They won the match with a kill, 25-20. The Tigers completed the three-set sweep by leading 10-6 and 11-9, and then following a 13-12 advantage, took control of the set at 20-15 thanks to numerous kills. Wittenberg completed the win with a 25-16 victory. The Tigers out-hit the Mount, .233 to .059. Hannah Vanarsdall (Cincinnati, OH/McAuley) had five kills and five block assists while Wilgenbusch posted seven digs, five kills and four block assists. Davis added 18 assists and two service aces while Beyer totaled eight digs.

Wilgenbusch was named to the nine-player All-Classic team.

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