Lady Cougar Volleyball Recaps
Lady Cougars Rally to Capture Concordia
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
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Match #2 Boxscore
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (8-18-2012) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University women's
volleyball team battled back from early
deficits to take a pair of matches and claim
the Concordia (Mich.) University Tournament
title on Saturday afternoon as the Lady
Cougars downed Lourdes University 20-25,
27-25, 25-23, 25-19 and then rallied past
host Concordia 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23,
17-15 in the championship match.
the first match of the day, MVNU (4-0)
finished off pool play by rebounding from a
first set defeat to take three straight sets
from Lourdes (2-1) to win the pool and
advance to the championship match. Senior
middle hitter Gina Porto led the Lady
Cougars with 13 kills and three blocks,
while junior middle hitter Kendra Votaw
pounded 10 kills. Senior outside hitter
Haley Nofziger also contributed nine kills,
and senior libero Kaylee Hewitt and freshman
outside hitter Shayla Pierce posted 26 and
11 digs respectively. Senior setter Lauren
Percival also handed out 29 assists.
In the title match, MVNU quickly found
itself in a big whole as the Lady Cougars
dropped the first two sets to also unbeaten
Concordia (3-1). However, MVNU chipped away
a point at a time to take three close sets
and earn the tournament title. Percival, who
was named the tournament's Most Valuable
Player, led the Lady Cougars with 47 assists
and 12 digs, while Nofziger, who joined
Percival on the All-Tournament Team, pounded
16 kills. Votaw finished with 18 kills, and
Porto also tallied 15 kills, and Hewitt
served up three aces to go with 19 digs.
"This was an awesome, awesome match,"
said MVNU coach Paul Swanson. "There were
several times in the match when I felt we
were done, but our team showed tremendous
perseverance, kept believing, and battled
through when (Concordia) had the momentum.
Since they were at home, it was very loud
and they were very energetic, and it was
just unbelievable that we were able to come
back and win (the match)."
was certainly very deserving of the MVP,"
Swanson continued. "We had a number of
people play well, and it was also a very
nice honor for Haley to be recognized. She
hit the ball well all weekend. It was great
to get some really competitive matches in
this weekend. We'll have a few days of
practice and then we are looking forward to
our trip to Chicago."
return to action next Friday when the Lady
Cougars travel to Illinois Institute of
Technology for another two-day tournament.
MVNU will square off with Saint Thomas
(Fla.) University at 3 p.m. and then take on
the host school, Illnois Tech, at 7 p.m.