ERIE, Pennsylvania - The Walsh Cavaliers volleyball team kicked off the final weekend of non-conference play before the home and conference opener next week with a game against the Gannon Golden Knights at the Hammermill Center.
The Cavaliers fell 3-0 (18-25, 21-25, 26-28) to the Golden Knights in Walsh's first game in the Gannon/Edinboro Tournament on Friday (Sept. 20) night.
Gannon opened the first set with ten of the first twelve points as Walsh took a timeout. The Cavaliers answered with an 11-5 run out of the timeout as Hallie Schroeder, Lauren Loucks and Alexis Gilland each had two kills with the lead shrinking to 15-13. Gannon won the first set 25-18 as they ended the set with a 10-5 rally.
Walsh erased an early two-point deficit with a 6-1 run, giving the Cavaliers a 10-7 advantage. The Golden Knights regained a 15-14 lead later in the set. A Loucks kill and a ball handling error put the Cavaliers up 16-15 in the second set. Gannon took back the lead and pushed the lead to as many as five, taking the second set 25-20.
The Cavaliers took a 2-1 lead in the third set on an error and a Coffman kill. Six straight Gannon points gave the Golden Knights a 7-2 advantage. Two errors and an ace from Olivia Kearns closed the lead to two, 7-5. Gannon scored four of the next five points for an 11-6 lead. Walsh took advantage of four Gannon errors as the Cavaliers tied the set at 12 with a 6-1 run. Trailing by three, Amber King had two blocks (one solo and one combined) and a kill as Walsh forced an 18-18 tie. Back and forth the teams went as Gannon regained the lead. Schroeder and Coffman had two kills each with Walsh scoring four straight points for a 24-22 lead. Gannon tied the set again but Walsh tied the set twice before Gannon took the set in extra points, 28-26.
Schroeder, Gilland and Loucks each had eight kills for the Cavaliers. Sam Wentz had a match-high 16 digs on defense. Kearns had 27 assists and eight digs for Walsh.
The Cavaliers will face Saint Rose on Saturday (Sept. 21) at noon and will travel to Edinboro for a late-afternoon game (4:00 PM).