Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Lions' women's volleyball team dropped into a tie for third place in the conference on Wednesday evening after suffering a 3-1 loss at HCAC-foe Transylvania University. Transy defeated the Mount, 26-24, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21 as they improved to 6-1 in the conference and move into second place, trailing Defiance College by 1/2 game for the lead. The Lions fell to 12-16 overall, 4-2 in the HCAC, tied with Hanover College for third place. The Mount returns to action on Oct. 26 with a tri-match at Franklin College against the Grizzlies and Indiana University Northwest.
The Lions grabbed a 10-6 in the first set, and led throughout the opening set. After ties at 23 and 24, the Pioneers won the match after a Mount hitting error and a set-ending Transy kill. The Pioneers took at 2-0 lead in the match as they rolled out to a 10-4 advantage behind a balanced hitting attack in set two. The Lions, however, narrowed the deficit to 13-10 but would get no closer down the stretch. The Mount bounced back to take the third set, hitting .257 as team. Trailing 12-10, the Lions reeled off seven unanswered points to take a 17-12 advantage. During that stretch of points the Lions received kills from four different players. Transy, however, would tie the match at 17-all, but the Mount would re-assert itself with Jessica Wilgenbusch (Sunman, IN/East Central) providing key play up front, and take a 24-20 lead en route to the win. The Mount led 12-10 in set four, before the Pioneers came back to take a 14-12 lead. A Mount attack error led to a 20-14 Transy lead and a final Mount attack error gave the Pioneers a four-point win, and the match victory.
Hannah Vanarsdall (Cincinnati, OH/McAuley) had 10 kills and 15 digs for the Lions, while Wilgenbusch chipped in eight kills. Emma Beyer (Liberty Township, OH/Mt. Notre Dame) had 18 digs and three service aces, while teammate Janelle Davis (Convoy, OH/Wayne Trace) added 16 assists and 10 digs. Stephanie Chisholm (Cincinnati, OH/OaK Hills) recorded six block assists.