The Muskingum volleyball team traveled to Springfield, Ohio for a Tri-Match against the top-ranked #1 team in NCAA DIII Wittenberg University and Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon. The Muskies are now 12-2 on the season after beating Oberlin in straight sets (3-0), while falling to a hard fought battle with Wittenberg in four sets (3-1).
- The Tri-Match was hosted by Wittenberg.
- Muskingum now stands at 12-2 overall.
- The Muskies will host their first home contest of the season on Tuesday, September 26 against Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) opponent Otterbein University at 7:00 p.m.
- Muskingum is off to its best start since the 2008 campaign. That season the Muskies advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
- Muskingum has only surrendered eights sets all season.
Final Score: 3-1 (23-25, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25)
- The Muskies are one of six teams that have taken the #1 ranked Tigers to four sets.
- As a team, Muskingum recorded a season-high 83 digs versus the Tigers.
- Muskingum had four service aces to Wittenberg's three.
- As a team, Wittenberg finished the contest with a .208 hitting percentage, with Muskingum hitting .142.
- The Tigers edged the Muskies in attacks, (51-to-45).
- In the first set Muskingum tied the score at 23-23, but a kill by WU's Kennedy Schmidt and an attack error by MU, gave the Tigers the first set (25-23).
- Brooke Fatheree tallied a career-high 21 digs and averaged 17.5 points-per-set against Wittenberg.
- Courtney Nestoff contributed 20 digs, while Madison Sikorski notched 14.
- Setter Erin Dickson tied a season-high 38 assists.
- Maddie Fischer led the Tigers with 18 kills, while Taylor Yontz paced the defense with 26 digs. Both lead their team in each category.
- The 2016 DIII AVCA National Freshmen of the Year and the DIII Honorable Mention All-America honoree a year ago for Wittenberg, Aubrey Cox chipped in 10 kills.
Final Score: 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-19)
- The Muskies beat Oberlin by 13 points in set one and two (25-12, 25-12), and by six points in set three (25-19).
- Taylour and Brooke Fatheree each recorded eight kills to lead the offense.
- Jordan Youngs paced the defense with 16 digs, while B. Fatheree added 14.
- Madison Sikorski produced three service aces.
- Dana Thomas led the offense with nine kills, while Emily Kelkar led the defense with 18 digs for Oberlin.