DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The University of Northwestern Ohio volleyball team went to Florida with a mission, to prove they are not to be overlooked this season. With a 4-0 record after play at the Embry-Riddle Labor Day Classic, the Lady Racers delivered their message.
The Lady Racers improved to 10-1, winners of seven straight matches.
"We had a great weekend of volleyball," UNOH coach Kevin Kitchen said. "Several different girls stepped up and made plays. This team is really starting to jell with one another and we are starting to realize we are a pretty good team."
The Lady Racers opened play with a pair of 3-1 wins on Friday. They beat Cardinal Stritch University 25-14, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18. Lauren Maxwell had 26 assists, Casey Gates had 11 kills and 12 digs, Brittany Egbert had six kills and five blocks and Sabrina Lemmink added 10 kills. Ellie Comes led the team with 25 digs and Cierra Anderson had 12 digs.
In a win over Olivet Nazarene University (19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-15), Maxwell had 31 assists and 10 digs, and Comes had 19 digs while Lauren Macuga added 17 digs. Megan Fullenkamp had 10 kills and two blocks, Egbert had 10 kills and Gates had nine kills, 13 digs and three blocks.
UNOH beat Montreat College 2-1 (25-10, 29-27, 25-22) on Saturday. Maxwell had 35 assists and 19 digs, Comes added 14 digs and Macuga another 13 digs. Gates had 13 kills and 16 digs, Jennifer VanVleet had three kills and three blocks and Brittany Egbert had 10 kills.
The Lady Racers travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, next Friday and Saturday for the Point Park Invitational. Their next home match is a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference match at 7 p.m. September 19 against UM-Dearborn.