(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – As the cliché goes, when rivals play each other, the records go out the proverbial window as the importance of the contest is sky-high already. But when Walsh and Malone meet tomorrow in the Cecchini Center, there will be temporary bragging rights on the line.
Both teams top the Great Midwest Athletic Conference's East Division standings. The Cavaliers currently stand in second place at 9-8 overall and 6-3 in the G-MAC. The Pioneers now hold sole possession of first place after Tuesday's five-set win against Lake Erie moved them to 11-6 overall and 7-2 in the conference.
The Maroon and Gold offense will face a test in the Pioneers' defense as Walsh boasts the third-best team hitting percentage in the league at .224. On the opposite end, Malone holds the best mark for opponent hitting percentage at .147 and are second in blocks with 2.18 per set.
Of course, this is just the first meeting between the two teams. There is no doubt there will be just as much riding on the line when the rivals get together once again in Canton on Tuesday, Oct. 30. However, all that either team is thinking about right now comes tomorrow. First serve is set for 7 p.m.