CANTON, Ohio - In the final match before the 2019 Midwest Region Crossover in Indianapolis, Indiana next week, the Walsh Cavaliers volleyball team gained some momentum in a G-MAC matchup with the Malone Pioneers.
Walsh shook off some early match jitters and rallied together in a 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-14) win over the Pioneers at Osborne Hall on Friday (Oct. 11) night in front of a raucous crowd.
Malone led the entire first set and took the first set 25-20 over the Cavaliers. The Pioneers led by as many as seven, but Walsh closed the gap to four twice late in the set.
Hallie Schroeder scored six of the first eight points of the set with five kills and a service ace as Walsh led 8-4 early. The Cavaliers controlled the momentum and pushed the lead to seven, taking advantage of some Malone errors. Walsh tied the match at one set apiece with a 25-18 set two win.
The momentum continued into set three for the Cavaliers as they led wire-to-wire. After a 3-0 lead, the Malone squad chipped away at the Cavs, pulling within two points. With a 9-7 lead, Walsh went on an 8-1 run for a 17-8 lead. Alexis Gilland had back-to-back kills as the lead grew to nine. Schroeder iced the set with two straight aces as Walsh took a 2-1 advantage with a 25-16 win.
That's exactly how Hallie Schroeder drew it up... two straight service aces wins it for the Cavaliers in set 3 25-16! Walsh leads Malone 2-1 going to the fourth set! #GoCavs #BeatMalone pic.twitter.com/meARinUU4c— Walsh Athletics (@WalshCavaliers) October 12, 2019
Malone jumped out to a 3-1 lead in set four but that didn't last long. Gilland had two kills on a 5-1 Cavs run, taking back the 6-4 lead. Malone tied the set at six before a Walsh 9-1 rally. Schroeder made two aces and a kill on the run as the lead became seven. Walsh gained an 11 point lead and finished off the match 25-14.
This one belongs to the Cavaliers! Justine Coffman hammers it home and Walsh wins set four 25-14!! They take the match 3-1 over the Pioneers. #GoCavs #BeatMalone #WhoRocksWURocks pic.twitter.com/20a2kcRuDW— Walsh Athletics (@WalshCavaliers) October 12, 2019
Lauren Loucks led the Cavaliers with 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .364. Schroeder spiked 14 kills, six aces and 13 digs in an all-around effort. Gilland added 13 kills on offense. Olivia Kearns assisted on 43 points as the setter. Samantha Wentz led the defense with 14 digs and Sydnee Marks made 11 digs.
Walsh will travel to Indianapolis for the Midwest Region Crossover on Friday (Oct. 18) and Saturday (Oct. 19). The opponents and times will be announced after the weekend.