(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh picked up its first win of the season in thrilling fashion as it came from behind to defeat Adelphi in five sets to open up the Cavalier Classic on Friday morning. After falling in the first two sets 25-15 and 25-23, the Cavs finally got the momentum swinging in their way and took the rest of the match by scores of 25-12, 25-19, and 15-10.
With the third set tied at 8-8, Walsh took advantage of three consecutive Adelphi errors and followed up with a kill by Alexis Gilland to take a 12-8 lead and force the Panthers into calling a timeout. The situation only got better for the Maroon and Gold as they allowed the Panthers to score just four more points the rest of the way.
In the fourth, The Cavs took the lead for good after and Adelphi error and a kill by Lauren Loucks put the hosts up 17-15. Adelphi answered with the next point, but Paola Ferrario came right back with a kill to keep Walsh in the driver's seat.
The fifth set saw Walsh in front from start to finish with a kill by Justine Coffman serving as the final nail in the coffin.
Ferrario tallied a match-best 21 kills in the morning session as Coffman joined her in double figures with 11. Olivia Zanolli assisted the offense 45 times.
On the defensive end, Amanda Adoranti recorded 18 digs to lead a trio of Cavaliers in double-figures. Ferrario added 17 and Zanolli picked up 12. Blocks also came from across the board with Coffman, Amber King, Loucks and Zanolli each stuffing three attacks.
The nightcap saw Walsh take on a familiar foe in former conference rival Grand Valley State. Even though the Cavaliers dropped to the Lakers, Walsh still forced the visitors into four sets before falling 25-18, 25-22, 28-26, 25-21.
A balanced offense saw Loucks lead the way with a match-best 15 kills followed by Ferrario with 14 and Hallie Schroeder with 11. Zanolli provided 43 assists.
Adoranti came up big on the defensive side with 28 digs for match honors. Ferrario recorded the double-double with 15 digs. Olivia Maczuzak added 12.
Walsh will be back in action tomorrow with Bloomsburg at 9 a.m. and Pitt-Johnstown that afternoon at 3.