Sunday, October 20, 2013
The College of Mount St. Joseph hosted two schools on Saturday afternoon, defeating HCAC-foe Anderson University, 3-1, and then falling later in the day to #14-ranked Otterbein University, 3-2. The Mount, 12-15 overall, goes to 4-1 in the conference just behind Defiance (5-0) and Transylvania (5-1). The Lions return to action on Oct. 23 with a match at Transylvania.
In their match against Anderson, the Lions jumped out to a 2-0 set lead, winning 25-12, 25-19, thanks to a potent hitting attack that saw them record a hitting percentage as a team of over .400 each set. Anderson won set three, 25-21, as they pulled away following a 13-all tie. The Mount, however, put the match away with winning results early in in set four, jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a balanced hitting attack. A kill by Nicole Sherpensky (Cincinnati, OH/Northwest) led to a 20-10 advantage and Lions claimed the win for the game, 25-15, and the match when Stephanie Chisholm (Cincinnati, OH/Oak Hills) recorded a kill. Sherpensky had 18 kills and six block assists whie teammate Hannah Vanarsdall (Cincinnati, OH/McAuley) added 13 kills and six digs. Emma Beyer (Liberty Township, OH/Mt. Notre Dame) had a game-high 13 digs, and three service aces, while Janelle Davis (Convoy, OH/Wayne Trace) had 34 assists and six digs. The Mount hit .380 as a team.
The Lions and Otterbein hooked up for the second time this season in the second match of the day for the team, with the Cardinals coming out on top again. The Mount won the first set, 25-18, and dropped the second set, 25-23. The Lions would take a 2-1 lead, with a 25-23 victory in set three, but Otterbein evened the match at 2-all with a 25-14 set four win. The Cardinals claimed the hard-fought win by posting a 16-14 win in set five. Otterbein rolled out to a 9-4 lead but saw the Mount fight back after four Cardinals errors, making the score 9-8. After ties of 10-all and 13-all, the Mount would lead 14-13 after a Otterbein attack error. The Mount would lose the lead at 15-14 following an attack error of their own and Otterbein would claim the set and match win, 16-14, when the Lions could not convert on an attack attempt. Sherpensky led the way for the Mount with 14 kills and five block assists while teammate Jessica Wilgenbusch (Sunman, IN/East Central) had 10 kills and eight digs. Beyer chipped in 14 digs while Davis added 25 assists and 10 digs.