by Abigail Hintz
A seven-man Ohio Valley (0-9) squad was unable to contest with a sharp Cedarville (8-2) side Wednesday night as the Jackets snagged their sixth win and third sweep in a row over the Fighting Scots. It was a well-deserved win for the Lady Jackets who did not play to their competition but rather showed their dominance as they begin to round out their regular season.
The Jackets sit at third place in the G-MAC conference behind Hillsdale and Walsh. Cedarville has clinched their spot in the conference tournament which will begin March 9.
Cedarville’s offense was producing much more and much better than OVU’s, contributing 48 kills with a .470 hitting percentage.
The Lady Jackets were led by senior Liene Miller with 14 kills, followed by sophomore Riley Hensley who contributed 11 kills, three assists and three blocks. Senior Lauren Willow added eight kills and two blocks. Freshman setter Haley Goff had 39 assists on the night.Cedarville came out quick but the Fighting Scots managed to tie it at six. The Jackets played hard and went after every ball despite the lower competition. They finally forced an OVU timeout when they went up 18-12. Riley Hensley and Liene Miller had dominate first sets, contributing five kills a piece. The team as a whole was very solid, especially in serving in which they made no errors in the first set. The Jackets took the first set 25-19.
Ohio Valley couldn’t keep up with the Jackets in the second set as they were down 12-4 heading into the first timeout. Miller added eight kills to her total in the second set at 13. Cedarville just continued to play to their ability and took set two 25-11. The Jackets added no attacking errors in the second set and had just two service errors.
The third set was no different. Emily Ward served the Jackets to a 9-0 run to open the set. The Fighting Scots were experiencing communication issues and seemed worn out by the match. Cedarville was up 16-4 when OVU called a timeout. They were unable to come close, however, and the Jackets dominated the set 25-8. They only contributed two attacking errors in the third set but did have more service errors with seven.
The Lady Jackets will round out their regular season on Friday at 1:30 p.m when they take on No. 5 Hillsdale at home. A victory over the conference leaders as well as a seven-game win streak would set them up great as they enter into the G-MAC tournament next week.
Abigail Hintz is a junior Journalism major and the Sports and Digital Editor for Cedars. She loves reading, playing Spikeball with her friends and watching soccer 24/7.