(CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh got back into the win column with a four-set defeat of rival Malone at Osborne Hall Tuesday evening. It was the G-MAC opener for both squads as the Cavaliers (7-2, 1-0) took down the Pioneers (5-4, 0-1) 25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20.
In the opening set, the Cavs used a 9-0 run with the game tied at 14-14 to take a commanding lead before going on to win 25-21. Justine Coffman led the charge with a pair of kills during the rally. Five errors by Malone aided the run.
The second set played a bit closer with Walsh holding a one-point lead at 21-20. However kills by Paola Ferrario and Kramer helped the Cavs take four of the next five points for the win.
After dropping the third set, the Cavs opened up the fourth with a 4-0 run, but the Pioneers answered with the next six points. Walsh responded nicely by regaining the lead on another 4-0 run to make the score 11-9. The Pioneers came within one point on a couple of more occasions, but Walsh held the hosts at bay before advancing to a 25-20 win in the set and the match.
Four Cavaliers were in double-digits with kills with Lauren Loucks leading the way with 15. Kramer followed with 14 and Ferrario was behind her with 13. Coffman closed out the group with 11.
Coffman was a force on the front line as well with six blocks on the night. Elsewhere defensively Amanda Adoranti led a quintet of Cavaliers with 20 digs.
The Cavs now head south to continue conference play with matches against Kentucky Wesleyan and Trevecca Nazarene this Friday and Saturday.