NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh volleyball team advanced to the Great Midwest Athletic Conferece Tournament semifinals with a 3-1 win over Cedarville on Tuesday night.
Cedarville, which season ends with a 13-18 record, was paced by Taylor Wilkerson and Lauren Willow with nine kills each. Autumn Foust recorded 16 digs and Sierra Schuitema dished out 30 assists in a losing effort.
Set 1 - Cedarville led early in the first set, 2-1, but the Cavaliers put together a furious 11-4 run to take a commanding 12-6 lead and force a Yellow Jacket timeout. Cedarville closed to within a point at 21-20 before the Cavs scored four-straight points to claim the first set, 25-20.
Set 2 - The second set mirrored the first in that Walsh fell behind early, trailing 6-4 after the first 10 serves. Again, the Cavs found their stride and rattled off 11 of the next 12 points to go ahead 15-7. The Maroon and Gold capped the set by scoring the last five points of the frame and winning 25-11.
Set 3 - Walsh found itself with a 6-2 deficit in the third set, but battled back to tie the set at 8-8 and eventually take a 12-9 lead. Six-straight Cedarville points put the Jackets on top 19-14 late in the set. The Cavaliers crawled to within two, 22-20, by scoring five of six points, but would get no closer, dropping the set 25-20.
Set 4 - Cedarville looked to force a fifth set and took an early 5-1 advantage. Walsh answered with an important 5-1 run to tie the set at 6-6. The Cavs opened a 19-11 lead deep into the fourth, but the pendulum of momentum swung back to Cedarville when the Jackets score seven-straight to bring the score to 19-18. A kill from Zanolli put and end to the run and started a 6-1 run by the Cavaliers to close out the match, 25-19.
The Cavaliers will travel to Hillsdale, Mich. to take on No. 2 seed Findlay on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.