Semifinals Secured With Shutout Of Cedarville

Semifinals Secured With Shutout Of Cedarville

(HILLSDALE, Mich.) – The season will continue for Walsh as it avenged an earlier season loss with a 3-0 shutout of Cedarville in the G-MAC Tournament Quarterfinals. The No. 2 seed Cavaliers (21-10) defeated the No. 3 seed Yellow Jackets (17-16) by scores of 25-22, 25-19, and 25-22.

The Cavs had to play catch-up during key parts in the first two sets. In the opening stanza, Walsh trailed 19-10 before it rallied for the next six points. Cedarville used both timeouts during that stretch, but the Cavs were able to cut it to one at 20-19 after a service ace by Hallie Schroeder.

The Yellow Jackets responded with the next two points, but the Cavs answered with the final six points of the game. Service and attack errors started the rally before a kill by Lauren Loucks tied the set. Another CU attack error, a kill by Olivia Zanolli, and an ace by Amanda Adoranti completed the comeback.

The comebacks in the second wasn't as big in difference, but equally as important. Walsh trailed by four as last as 14-10, but rallied to eventually tie the set and take the lead on a pair of kills by Loucks. Cedarville tied the game thrice more, but couldn't regain the lead. The last time came at 19-19, however, the Cavs closed the game with the final six point.

Now up 2-0, Walsh had momentum on its side and didn't face a deficit of four or more in the third. This set came down to the wire as the Yellow Jackets made the score 23-22 after an error on Walsh. The Cavs quickly regrouped and closed out the set an match with a kill by Loucks followed by a Cedarville error.

Loucks finished with 11 kills while Kramer tied Cedarville's Gabby Olson for match-high honors with 13 kills. Kramer had a hitting percentage of .344. Olivia Zanolli set up the attack with 31 assists.

On the defensive front, Adoranti led both teams with 23 digs. Justine Coffman and Zanolli were walls up front with five blocks each. Addison Wisehart was right there with them with four.

Walsh now awaits the winner between top-seed conference champion and host Hillsdale and Davis & Elkins being played tonight. The semifinal contest will start at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.