Eagles’ Win Streak Snapped At No. 5 Wheeling Jesuit

Eagles’ Win Streak Snapped At No. 5 Wheeling Jesuit


THE TURNING POINT: The Eagles and Cardinals were tied at 21 in the first set before Wheeling Jesuit scored five of the last eight points to go up 1-0.

STAT OF THE DAY: Ashland is five matches over .500 both inside of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (10-5) and outside of the league (9-4).

It took a top-five team in NCAA Division II to slow down the Ashland University volleyball team.

The Eagles came into Tuesday (Nov. 8) night's match with a nine-match winning streak, but No. 5-ranked Wheeling Jesuit prevailed at home, 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 26-24) in a non-conference contest.

Ashland is 19-9, while the Cardinals are 33-2.

"We played really well in sets 1 and 3," said Ashland head coach Cass Dixon. "We stuck to the game plan. Got into some trouble offensively in the beginning of the set 2, and didn't quite recover, but did a good job settling down and competing in set 3.

"It was good preparation for our matches this weekend."

Ashland had a 17-15 first-set lead before Wheeling Jesuit ran off five straight points. A 21-all tie turned into a Cardinal win after three kills and an AU attack error.

In the third set, the two teams were tied at 24 before Wheeling Jesuit took the last two points and the match.

Senior right-side hitter Alli Cudworth led the offense with 12 kills while adding seven digs, four total blocks and two service aces. Junior libero Melanie Aguayo had a team-high 13 digs, while sophomore setter Kayla Pfeiffer posted 28 assists.

UP NEXT: Senior Night on Friday (Nov. 11) at 7 p.m. at Kates Gymnasium against Wayne State (19-8, 10-5). Ashland will go for its first 20-win season since 2013, and its third this decade.