Volleyball Falls at Ohio Christian
On Tuesday, Lady Knight volleyball traveled to Circleville, OH to take on NCCAA-II arch rival Ohio Christian Volleyball in their second meeting of the season. KCU had handled OCU in straight sets just weeks ago, but in volleyball, the past is gone, and all that matters is the next ball. History tells us that playing a solid Ohio Christian University on their home court is never an easy challenge, especially when they feel that they owe you one.
KCU started out slowly but solidly, winning the first set 25-23, but it was apparent that OCU was gaining confidence with every ball, and the loss only slowed them down. The Trailblazers came out fast in the second, gaining an early lead which they never relinquished, finishing at 18-25. Set #3 saw KCU battle back slightly, only to lose 23-25. But in set #4, after Coach Dixon rallied the troops, KCU evened the set count at 2-2, with a 25-23 win. In the fifth set, the Lady Knights scored first, but saw OCU equalize on the second rally, then run the score to 1-4 before siding out. KCU scored a couple, the Ohio Christian took control again, and the switching of the court took place at 5-8, with OCU on top. KCU never managed to score 2 points in a row after that, and Ohio Christian sealed the match with a 15-8 deciding set win.
The Lady Knights were led by a trio of hitters, Jenna Kelley and Magen Daniel with 13 kills each, while freshman Abbi McIlhany added 12 of her own, while being the only hitter swinging at better than .300. KCU took 175 swings and managed only 48 kills, while totaling 27 hitting errors, hitting a paltry .120. KCU served only 2 Aces on the night, while totaling 6 errors. Jessi Hartzler led the the back row with 35 digs and 26 receptions without error, the one bright spot on the night. Setter Lauren Dunn had 134 sets without error, but managed only 40 assists. The front row carded 20 assisted blocks on the evening.
On Friday evening the Lady Knights play host to Ohio Valley University at 5 PM, and then the University of Pikeville at 9. Saturday will find them in action again at home at 12 noon with WVU-Parkersburg, then at 4 PM with Asbury University. The Lady Knights are now 18-6 on the season, and prior to the match, held a power ranking of #4 in the NCCAA-II.