(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh's three-match home stand started off on the right foot with a 3-1 victory over Ohio Valley at the Cechinni Center on Thursday evening. The Cavaliers (17-9, 10-4) fought off a stingy Fighting Scots (9-17, 4-11) squad by scores of 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-16.
Paola Ferrario easily had the best match of her career as she laid down a career-best 26 kills in the win. She had 57 total attempts for a hitting percentage of .368. Her previous best was 17 kills against Hillsdale last season and Bellarmine this year. The mark is the second-best in the conference this season.
Nine alone came in a pivotal third set after Ohio Valley had tied the match at 1-1. After the Scots took a 13-11, Ferrario made six kills down the stretch to help turn the momentum in favor of the Maroon and Gold. Three consecutive kills led to a hot start in the fourth set as well to give Walsh a 7-2 lead.
Olivia Zanolli aided the Ferrario-led attack with 37 assists.
With the win over Malone last week and results around the conference over the weekend, the Cavaliers have assured themselves a postseason bid in the G-MAC Tournament in two weeks. It will be the first postseason appearance for the Cavaliers since making the move to Division II.
Walsh will attempt to improve its seeding through the rest of the regular season with Alderson Broaddus up next on the docket. That contest will start tomorrow at 7 p.m.