Malone Trips Cavs in Four

Malone Trips Cavs in Four

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) Malone (12-12, 9-5) defeated Walsh (2-20, 2-12) in four sets in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match at Alumni Arena tonight by set scores of 25-20, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-21. The win gave the Pioneers a season sweep over the Cavs. Walsh returns to action on Friday when they travel to the University of Findlay for a 7 pm match.

Walsh jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the opening set. After Malone tied the set at 4-all it was close the rest of way featuring 11 ties, the last at 16-all. Malone took the lead for good on a Walsh error, and then ran off six straight points to take a 22-16 lead. Walsh would close to 23-19, but would get no closer.

After dropping the second set 2-0, Walsh rallied to win the third set 25-23.  Walsh trailed 9-4 and 12-7 when they went on a 7-2 run to tie the match at 14-all. Walsh would take the lead for good at 16-15 and then hang on for the win. Kelsey Snider, Gina Kramer and Liza Pflugradt had key kills down the stretch.

Malone raced to a 13-5 lead in the fourth set, and led 19-11 before Walsh climbed back into the match to close to with three points at 22-19 and 23-20 on key kills from Kramer and Katy Frease. Malone would regroup however to register the 25-20 win. The victory was number 400 for Malone Head Coach Tonya Hockman.

Snider led Walsh with 15 kills, to go along with 14 digs. Kramer added 11 kills. Kaitlin Bronikowski had 22 digs and Devin Hummel recorded 14. Haley Howell had 42 assists.