INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - The Walsh Cavaliers volleyball team finished the 2019 Midwest Region Crossover on Saturday (Oct. 19) with matches against two of the teams from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Walsh defeated the GLVC's number one seed Drury 3-1 (25-22, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17) but fell 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-25) to Missouri S&T in the final match of the weekend.
Match Two vs. Drury (W 3-1)
The first set featured nine ties before Walsh pulled away late for a 25-22 win. Walsh bookended a Drury 6-0 run with a pair of 5-0 runs surrounded as the Cavaliers led 17-12 in set two. After the set was tied at 24, Lauren Loucks and Alexis Gilland finished the set with back-to-back kills. Walsh took a 2-0 lead with a 26-24 set two win. In set three, Walsh led early but fell 25-21 despite a late rally. A large run set up the Cavaliers for a match-ending set. Trailing 5-4, Sydnee Marks had three aces and Hallie Schroeder made two kills as Walsh scored nine straight points. Walsh turned a 13-5 lead into a 25-17 set four victory over the Panthers.
Schroeder led the Cavaliers with 17 kills and added 12 digs for a double-double. Loucks gave the Cavaliers 15 kills on offense. Gilland led the Cavaliers with a .364 hitting percentage after ten kills along with four block assists. Olivia Kearns assisted on 47 points, had two service aces and ten digs. Samantha Wentz had 21 digs and two service aces, including an ace that sealed the match. Marks added four aces and 12 digs. Amber King had five block assists.
Match Three vs. Missouri S&T (L 3-1)
Missouri S&T opened the first set with a 15-4 run but the Cavaliers came all the way back with a 18-9 run, closing the gap to two. The Miners took set one 25-22. Walsh trailed once in the second set early at 5-4. Following the lead change, Walsh went on a 7-3 run before later going on a 9-3 rally for a seven point lead. Missouri S&T scored four straight points but Justine Coffman ended the set with a kill. Walsh tied the match at one with a 25-21 set two win. After trailing 8-6 in set three, Walsh scored four straight points to take a 10-8 lead. The Miners answered with an 8-2 run but Walsh fought back to tie the set at 21 with an 11-6 run. The Cavaliers led 23-22 late but the Miners won set three 25-23 with three straight points. Missouri S&T took set four 25-15 and the match 3-1.
Loucks had 16 kills on offense as she spearheaded the front line for Walsh. Gilland finished the match with eight kills and three block assists. Schroeder went for seven kills, eight digs and two service aces. Kearns added a double-double with 29 assists and 14 digs. Wentz helped the back line with 13 digs
Walsh finished the weekend 1-2 and Amber King was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts throughout the weekend. King totaled eight kills, one ace, seven digs, one solo block and 13 block assists.
The Cavaliers will return home for five straight home G-MAC matches, starting this Friday (Oct. 25) against Lake Erie at 7:00 PM.