LANSING, Mich. -- The Adrian College women's volleyball team split a pair of out-of-conference matches with Ohio Wesleyan and Hiram to close out the first-ever MIAA/NCAC Crossover Challenge.
Final Scores Match One: Adrian 3, Ohio Wesleyan 1 (25-21, 23-25, 14-25, 23-25)
Match Two: Hiram 3, Adrian 1 (20-25. 25-17, 25-16, 25-18)
Location: Lansing, Mich. (Aim High Sports)
Records: Adrian 3-3, Hiram 7-1, Ohio Wesleyan 1-5
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first set got off to a great start as the Bulldogs opened a quick 3-0 lead while Allison Ashurst picked up a kill and a block assist. Despite several ties, Adrian was able to the hold the lead until the score became 16-15 in favor of the Battling Bishops, who used a five point run to push it to 21-15 before AC responded. The set eventually ended with a score of 25-21. This was the only set that Ohio Wesleyan would take.
Set two opened with the Battling Bishops taking a fast 2-0 lead, which did not stick as the Bulldogs put together a seven point run to gain control, losing the lead just once as they score became 21-20 in favor of the bad guys. Points 21-25 came quick, behind a pair of Emily Haas service aces and kills by Alex Tobler, Liz Susitko and Madison Federmeyer.
Set three was much less competitive as Adrian was able to make light of the NCAC-competitor in the 25-14 win, powered by multiple four-point runs.
The fourth stanza was full of intensity as the Bulldogs once trailed 14-9 before they attempted a comeback. The set became close in the final plays, with Adrian winning it by just two points (25-23). Owning the winning point was Ashurst.
Set one was highly competitive, with the lead flip-flopping back for the majority of it. Despite trailing by three or more points for a majority of the set, Adrian was able to gain control at 20-20 and go on a five-point run to secure the set. Susitko had two services aces and an assist in the run.
Sets two, three and four did not fall in favor of the Bulldogs as the battle of the dogs ended in favor of the Terriers.
Tobler led the Adrian offense in kills with 11 while also adding eight digs and two block assists on defense. Leading the defensive side of the game was Megan Prsa with 17 digs.
- Junior Alex Tobler, who led the Bulldogs in kills through both matches, collecting 20.
- Senior Liz Susitko, who had a team-leading 52 assists over the course of the day. She also ranked second in digs with 22.
- Junior Madison Federmeyer, who led the team in service aces with seven and block assists with nine.
The Bulldogs remain on the road as the travel to Defiance for a 6:30 p.m. match on Tuesday.
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