CINCINNATI, OH - The Ohio Christian University Lady Trailblazers would continue their hot start to the 2017 season on Saturday by splitting the afternoon at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont's tri-match. Coming into the afternoon, the Lady Trailblazers stood at 5-3 with only five more non-conference games before their RSC opener against Rio Grande on September 19th.
The day would begin with a matchup against host UC-Clermont. The match would be close throughout, as every set would be decided by four points or less. Unfortunately, the Lady Cougars would hold the advantage, winning sets one, two, and four to take the 3-1 victory. For the Lady Trailblazers, Junior Karee Neff would lead the offensive attack, totaling 17 kills on 45 total attacks to go along with 15 digs. Seniors Lauren Ray and Lexi Jacobs would follow close behind, each finishing with 10 kills.
The second match of the day would be against Central State University. Despite the quick turnaround, the Lady Trailblazers would set the tone early. OCU would take the first three sets with ease, winning by margins of nine or more in each. Overall, the Lady Trailblazers would total 11 serving aces and 35 kills to help guide the offensive attack. Senior Megan Morrison would lead the team with 10 kills and six digs, while also assisting on two blocks. Sophomore Kiara Rohrer would also have a good game, finishing with seven kills and six digs.
The Lady Trailblazers now stand at 6-4 looking ahead toward their matchup against Wilmington College this coming Tuesday at home. "Today was a total team effort," said Head Coach Danielle Heffernan. "In the first match, we fought hard in the third set and showed some real grit to pull it out. The key to the second match was serving. As a team, we served tough and were able to keep them out of their offense, while also handling the ball as it came back on our side."
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