LIMA -In yet another dominating performance, the University of Northwestern Ohio volleyball team proved why it should be considered one of the best teams in the NAIA. The Lady Racers improved to 19-1 on the season with a pair of wins Saturday at Racers Gymansium, 3-0 over IU-Kokomo and 3-1 over Ursuline College.
The Lady Racers have appeared in the last two Tachikara-NAIA Top-25 polls, and trend which will reach three straight when the newest edition is released Monday. In winning a school-record 16-straight matches, the Lady Racers have come out on top in 48 of 57 sets played.
UNOH won the first match of the day over IU-Kokomo 25-11, 25-20, 25-12. Emily Crowell had 15 kills and Casey Gates added another 13. The Lady Racers had just 10 attack errors in 95 swings, and their 44 kills gave them an attacking percentage of .358.
Hailey Rosinski had 28 assists and Lauren Maxwell had 13 assists and three aces; the Lady Racers served up 10 aces in the match. Ellie Comes had 11 digs and Gates added another nine. Brittany Egbert had six kills, an ace, three digs and three blocks.
After watching the Cougars beat Ursuline in four sets, the Lady Racers beat the Arrows 25-13, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17. Crowell and Gates each had 17 kills and Egbert added 14. Egbert and Jennifer VanVleet each had two blocks.
On the season, Gates leads the team with 276 kills and Crowell is next with 227; Gates is 222 kills away from having the third best season in UNOH history in that category. Maxwell has 681 assists, which already is the fifth best season in UNOH history.
Egbert leads the Lady Racers with 55 total blocks, adding 177 kills. Comes has a team-best 316 digs.
The Lady Racers try for their 20th win of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Urbana University in a non-league game.