Lady Cougar Volleyball Recaps
Lady Cougars Sweep Spring Arbor in
Crossroads League Action
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (9-7-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
volleyball team remained unbeaten in
Crossroads League play as the Lady Cougars
swept Spring Arbor (Mich.) University 25-22,
25-23, 25-13 in conference action in the
Physical Education Center on Friday evening.
MVNU (7-3, 2-0 Crossroads), which went
just 5-13 in conference play a year ago and
lost both meetings with Spring Arbor,
rallied to win the first set and then held
off the visiting Lady Cougars (1-11, 0-2
Crossroads) in the second set before
clicking on all cylinders to take the third
set and the match.
hitter Haley Nofziger led MVNU with 13
kills, while senior middle hitter Gina Porto
and junior outside hitter Kendra Votaw each
pounded 11 kills with Porto leading the team
with three blocks and two aces. Senior
setter Lauren Percival handed out 35
assists, and senior libero Kaylee Hewitt
posted a team-best 15 digs. Sophomore right
side hitter Molly Gerber also hammered nine
kills in just 14 attempts with no errors.
"Obviously, the first two sets were back
and forth as both teams had comebacks, and
it was great to persevere and win both
sets," said MVNU coach Paul Swanson. "Then,
we turned things on in the third set. Other
than a lull in the second set, we really got
better. We out-executed them and that's why
the score was what it was."
"We got a
great match out of Molly," Swanson
continued. "Overall, we did a great job in
the back row and Kaylee did a great job,
especially on serve reception. She handled a
lot of balls and handled them well. I felt
like we served aggressively as a team and it
kept them from getting into a flow. That was
a big advantage for us."
this is a big win for us," Swanson added.
"Last year, it was a struggle to win any
conference matches, and to be 2-0 is great.
We have a very important match tomorrow. Our
goal is to keep getting more competitive and
to keep working to get better and better and
The Lady Cougars will return
to action at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. when
MVNU will host the University of Saint
Francis (Ind.) in another Crossroads League
contest. Saint Francis (4-6, 1-1 Crossroads)
nearly upset NAIA No. 17 Taylor (Ind.)
University in conference play on Friday
before falling in five sets.