WC volleyball splits tri-match

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington College volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday, falling to Marietta College 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-15) in Ohio Athletic Conference action and then sweeping Ohio University-Chillicothe 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21).

Marietta swept OU-Chillicothe in the other match of the day.

The Fightin’ Quakers also were blessed with the appearance of the father of Lauryn Griewahn, a freshman on last year’s team who lost a battle with lupus last spring.

The Pioneers led 16-9 in set one only to see Wilmington score five consecutive points after a timeout using a service run from Grace Ewing. A Marietta timeout that followed saw the visitors push their lead to six (23-17). Kills from Ewing and Amber Rox got Wilmington within four points, but a service error gave the Pioneers five set points. Wilmington fought off four of them to 24-23, but Maddie Nader found Sam Ritenour on a slide for the kill and the first set.

Individually, Karrah Wind led everyone with 12 kills. Jacie Koontz and Grace Ewing, the 6-2 attack for Wilmington, combined for 22 assists. Koontz had 13 digs for Wilmington.

“Karrah Wind has one of her best career matches against Marietta,” WC head coach Tim O’Brien said. “As a team, we got a little too one dimensional on offense.”

In the victory against OU-Chillicothe, Wilmington featured a balanced scoring attack as Wind (8kills), Mariella Szrom (7 kills) and Jillian Wesco (6 kills) led the attack at the net.

Ewing and Koontz combined for 21 assists. Karley Schlensker had 22 digs for the Quakers’ back row while Koontz had 16 and Wesco 13.

“Our serve receive was much better in the second match,” said O’Brien. “I thought both setters did a nice job of putting our attackers in good positions to score points.”

The Quakers (6-17, 0-5 OAC) host league-leading Otterbein University Tuesday.