LOCATION: Harrington Center (Cincinnati, OH)
The Lions matched up against the Panthers of Hanover College to continue conference play. The Lions got off to a strong start to win the first set and were points away from taking the second set. The Lions cleaned up their play and went on to win the next to sets to take a 3-1 victory over the Panthers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Lions earned an early lead in the first set but the Panthers quickly countered to tie the score. After a few back and forth points the Lions were able to go on a small run to give them the lead. Riley Brunner (Lawrenceburg, IN / Lawrenceburg) went on a seven point service run to put the match out of reach, resulting in a 25-17 set one victory. The second set told the same story, the Lions got an early lead but Hanover battled back to keep the score close. The Panthers would go on six point service run to lead them into the final points. The Lions gained the momentum to bring the score back but back to back errors from the Lions resulted in a 25-22 victory for the Panthers. Hanover continued to challenge the Lions in the third set. The set stayed within two points but a block from Briana Looney (Harrison, OH / Harrison) and Hannah Meckstroth (North Bend, OH / Taylor) and a kill from Cailey Plemmons (Oxford, OH / Talawanda) would give the Lions a tight 25-22 victory over the Panthers. The Lions continued to play hard but Hanover matched the energy to keep the score close. The Lions slowly built a lead midway through the set, leading to a Hanover timeout at 20-13. The Lions didn't look back and would go on to win the final set 25-18, resulting in a 3-1 victory.
Brunner continues to lead the team on the offensive end, earning 18 kills in the four set victory over the Panthers. Karlie Schell (West Harrison, IN / Franklin County was everywhere in the back row, earning 33 digs during the victory.
The Lions will travel to Earlham College this Friday 10/12 to take on the Quakers and St. Mary's (Ind.). The matches will start at 1PM and 3PM, so check MSJSports.com for updates on the game and the Lions season!