Wed, Sep. 19, 2012 - [Volleyball]
LIMA - The roll continued for the University of Northwestern Ohio women's volleyball team Wednesday night. The Lady Racers returned home for the first time in three weeks and held off a pesky UM-Dearborn team 3-1 in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference match.
The victory moved the Lady Racers to 17-1 on the season and 2-0 in the WHAC. They received 25 votes in the latest Tachikara-NAIA Top-25 poll . Their previous best start in 18 games came during the 2008 season when they started 14-4.
The Lady Racers swept the first two sets 25-18, 25-17, before stumbling to a 17-25 loss in the third. They got off to a 9-2 start in the fourth and won 25-19.
Lauren Maxwell was on target for UNOH, totaling 51 assists and nine digs. Casey Gates (22 kills) and Emily Crowell (16 kills) were the primary beneficiaries of Maxwell's passing.
Gates also had 11 digs, tying with Ellie Comes for the team high. Lauren Macuga added 10 digs.
One area the Lady Racers fell flat was serve receive; the Wolves (10-4, 0-2 WHAC) had seven service aces.
The match was also a benefit to raise money for Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. Thanks to the support of the fans, UNOH was able to raise over $500 for pediatric cancer research.
The Lady Racers host a tri-match Saturday, taking on IU-Kokomo at 11 a.m. and Ursuline College in the third match. They are home at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Urbana University.