SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The Walsh Cavaliers volleyball team battled back from a 1-1 tie to open the 2019 season with a 3-1 victory over the Kutztown Golden Bears on Friday (Sept. 6) at the Shippensburg Tournament.
The Cavaliers took set one 25-20 before the Golden Bears won a marathon second set 30-28. Walsh clinched the match with 25-17 third set and 25-14 fourth set. Head coach Jayme Plummer earned his first win as the leader of the Cavaliers.
In the first set, Walsh fell behind 1-0 but would not trail for long. The Cavaliers got back-to-back kills from Amber King to take a 2-1 lead. The set was tied three times in the first six points but the Cavaliers pushed the lead to as many as five as they won the set 25-20. Set two saw six lead changes and ten ties as the set went to extra points. Walsh looked to close out the second set but Kutztown avoided the set point twice, winning the set 30-28. For the third straight set, Kutztown scored first but Walsh responded with five straight points. The Golden Bears scored five of the next six points, tying the set at six. Walsh outscored Kutztown 19-11 down the stretch as they won the set 25-17. Unlike the first three sets, Walsh scored first in the fourth before Kutztown tied it at one. The Cavaliers went on a 14-4 run, pulling away and winning the final set 25-14.
Lauren Loucks led the Cavaliers with 24 kills while two other Cavaliers appeared in double-digit kills. Justine Coffman had ten kills and Hallie Schroeder reached with a double-double with ten kills and 16 digs. Olivia Kearns made 45 assists and ten digs. Sam Wentz led the Cavaliers defense with 19 digs along with ten digs from Natalie Brutscher and 17 from Alexis Gilland.
Walsh outhit Kutztown .289-.136 over the course of the match with the Cavs hitting .500 in the final set.
Slippery Rock and Shippensburg are on the slate for the Cavaliers on Saturday (Sept. 7) with games at 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM.