OWENSBORO, Kentucky - The Walsh Cavaliers volleyball team completed the weekend roadtrip and headed back North with a pair of wins following a 3-1 (27-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19) win over the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers on Saturday (Oct. 5) afternoon.
Walsh improved to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in the G-MAC with the third straight win in the conference.
The match was tied three times in the first set before some distance was created. Kentucky Wesleyan took a 9-3 run after a 4-4 tie for a 13-7 lead. Walsh trimmed the lead to three, but the Panthers expanded the lead to six once again. The Cavaliers erased the lead and took the third lead of the set. Trailing 19-13, Walsh answered with a 10-3 run including six straight points for a 23-22 lead. There were three more ties in the set. Hallie Schroeder ended the set with a kill in a 27-25 set one win.
Kentucky Wesleyan relinquished two early leads in set two as Walsh closed a two point gap with a 7-1 run, taking an 11-7 lead. The Panthers pulled within one but Walsh got four kills from Alexis Gilland on a 7-1 rally. the Cavaliers ended set two with five straight points and a 25-15 win.
The third set was the most competitive as the teams tied 11 times in the first 28 points. Neither team led by more than two until Kentucky Wesleyan pulled away with an 8-3 run after a 14-14 tie. With the biggest deficit of the set, Walsh made one last push with three straight points. Kentucky Wesleyan won the set 25-21, cutting Walsh's lead to 2-1.
After two early ties, Walsh sped away quickly with an 11-3 run for a 13-5 advantage. The lead was slimmed to four but Walsh gained a nine point lead late in the set. The Panthers battled match point four different times before Lauren Loucks sealed the Cavaliers win with a 25-19 set four win.
Schroeder led the Cavaliers offense with 13 kills but helped on all fronts. The junior had 18 digs and three block assists on defense in a double-double effort. Gilland finished with 12 kills and two block assists. Loucks was the third Cavalier in double-figure kills with 11. Olivia Kearns had a huge double-double as she assisted on 49 points and led the defense with 21 digs. Sydnee Marks made 16 digs and two service aces. Sam Wentz had 14 digs as the libero.
Walsh hit .239 as a team in the match and hit .333 in the second set.
The Cavaliers will continue the road swing at Malone on Friday (Oct. 11) at 7:00 PM.