Bluffton handles Kenyon and Ursuline to finish weekend 4-0
Sept. 12, 2009
By: Erin Neal, sports information assistant
Kenyon box score I Ursuline box score
GAMBIER, Ohio - The Bluffton University Beaver volleyball team capped off the second
day at the Kenyon College Tournament with two solid wins under its belt, defeating
host team Kenyon College 3-1 (19-25, 25-8, 25-11, 25-19) and Ursuline College 3-0
(25-19, 25-17, 25-17). With their flawless 4-0 mark on the weekend, the Beavers moved
to 7-2 on the season.
The Beavers first opponent of the day was Kenyon College. After a slow start and dropping
the first set, the Beavers came alive and only allowed eight Kenyon points in the
second set. Allison Streicher (Continental)and Heather Rodman (Mansfield/Mansfield Christian) combined for a powerful offensive effort with 14
and 12 kills, respectively. Streicher and Rodman were followed by solid offensive
contributions from sophomore trio Jenna Eshleman (Landisville, Penn./Hempfield), Courtney Zimmerman (Leesburg/Fairfield), and Nicole Wood (Tiffin/Hopewell-Loudon), all with eight kills apiece. Shauna Rowland (Bucyrus/Wynford) paced the impeccable front line by dishing out 43 assists.
Bluffton's defense left Kenyon with few options as senior libero Brittany Roth (Findlay) had 26 digs, Rowland scooped up 19 digs, and Streicher had 13. Rodman also
contributed defensively by stopping the Kenyon offense with her seven blocks.
Ursuline College fell to the Beaver attack in the final match of the Kenyon Tournament
in three straight sets. The Beavers rolled to victory with a well-rounded effort from
several players. Roth, Streicher, and Eshleman had 15 digs each, and junior Kayla Pickering (Jamestown/Greenview) tallied 11 digs to anchor Bluffton's successful defense. The
Beavers also rifled seven service aces, led by Pickering and sophomore Meghan Dodson (Tiffin/Calvert) with two aces each.
Once again, the offense was fueled by Rowland with 35 assists. Wood paced the offense
with 13 kills, followed by Streicher with nine, middle hitters Rodman and Zimmerman
with six kills apiece, and Rowland with five.
As the Beavers move closer to conference play, their next challenge will be Ohio Northern
University. The Polar Bears travel to Founders Hall this Wednesday night for the backyard
rivalry match-up with the first serve slated for 7 p.m.