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Ladies survive OWU’s comeback bid

GAMBIER, Ohio – The Kenyon Ladies volleyball team secured a five-set North Coast Athletic Conference win against Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday night at Tomsich Arena. Kenyon improved to 13-6 and 3-1 in the conference while OWU dropped to 9-10 and 3-2 in league competition.

Kenyon had a 2-0 match lead before the visitors fought back to force a fifth and deciding set.

Kenyon found some separation about midway into the opening set. With a 10-9 advantage, the Ladies hit a 7-1 stretch highlighted by two kills from Elyse Davidson. The sophomore also paired with Haley Witschey to record a pair of block assists as the home squad led 17-10. OWU got to within one, 23-22; however, Kenyon secured a couple of kills to prevail 25-23.

In the second, the Ladies led 21-15 following a Battling Bishops attack error. Despite a six-point deficit, OWU fought back with a 6-1 run and found itself down 22-21 after a kill from Hannah Williams. That would be the closest the visitors got as the Ladies held off and closed the set with a kill from Witschey and two visitor errors.

Down by two sets, Ohio Wesleyan started creeping back in the third. As they trailed by three, 19-16, the Battling Bishops went on a massive 9-1 run to close the set. Paige Hale recorded three kills during the stretch and OWU was able to add two service aces as well. That helped the visitors win 25-20.

Then in the fourth, Kenyon led 12-7 after a Meghan Cason ace, however, OWU rallied back to tie the set at 18 after an ace of its own. The Ladies were later up two, 22-20, but a 5-0 run highlighted by three kills from Jordan Brandt helped tie the match 2-2.

The fifth and final set was very close. Kenyon led 9-7, but Ohio Wesleyan scored four of the next five points to go ahead 11-10 following another Hale kill. A few sequences later, an error from Kenyon tied the set at 14. Cason and Mackenzie Bruzzio then pushed the Ladies into the victory column. That duo connected on consecutive kills to lift the team to a 16-14, set-five victory.

By game’s end, Cason had registered 46 assists and four service aces while Bruzzio notched a team-high 17 kills plus 14 digs. Additionally, Delaney Swanson recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 17 digs.

Next on the schedule for Kenyon is a road date with DePauw University on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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