FINDLAY, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers volleyball team bounced back from a loss at #11 Hillsdale on Friday (Nov. 8) with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22) sweep of the Findlay Oilers on Saturday (Nov. 9) at Croy Gymnasium.
With the 3-0 sweep, Walsh improved to 17-7 overall and 10-1 in the G-MAC. Saturday's win clinched a home Quarterfinal matchup in the Great Midwest Volleyball Tournament in one week.
The first set was tied four times in the first ten points prior to a Walsh 4-0 run with two kills and an ace from Samantha Wentz. Findlay called timeout as Walsh led 9-5. The Oilers slimmed the lead to 13-11 before Lauren Loucks capped a 5-1 run with a kill. Findlay made one last run to close the gap but Walsh took set one 25-19.
Findlay opened the second set with a 5-0 run after Alexis Gilland scored the first point on a kill. Walsh continued to push forward and cut into the deficit. Findlay held a 13-11 lead until Walsh scored five straight points. Sydnee Marks had two aces on the run, putting Walsh ahead 16-13. The set was later tied at 22 as Findlay scored three consecutive points. Hallie Schroeder had a kill and an ace before Justine Coffman nailed home with set point with a kill. Walsh took a 2-0 lead with a 25-23 win.
Loucks began the third set with a kill and Schroeder tied the set at two with a kill of her own. Four straight Oilers points put the Orange and Black up 6-2, very similar to set two. Trailing 7-4, the Maroon and Gold scored three straight points and tied the set at seven. The set was tied three more times before the Cavaliers took the 16-14 lead on a Coffman kill and Schroeder ace. Findlay later tied the set at 19. Schroeder and Gilland had kills, allowing Walsh to put some distance in. Loucks sealed the match with two straight kills and a 25-22 set three win.
Loucks led the Cavaliers with 14 kills, Schroeder had a double-double of ten kills and 14 digs along with ten kills from Gilland. Olivia Kearns assisted on 33 kills and dug out 13 attacks on defense. Wentz helped the back line with 11 digs and Marks served two aces with ten digs.
Walsh hit .331 for the match, including a .421 in set one and .395 in set three with only 11 errors for the match.
The Cavaliers will travel to Tiffin on Friday (Nov. 15) before ending the regular season at Cedarville on Saturday (Nov. 16).