ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland volleyball team walked into a staunch defense Thursday (Oct. 7) night at Grand Valley State as the Lakers earned a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) win over the Eagles at Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich.
The Lakers (10-5, 9-2 GLIAC) blocked 10 attacks as a team and limited the Eagles to just a .083 hitting percentage on the night.
The Eagles led in the early stages of sets one and three, but could not maintain the advantage going against the staunch Laker defense.
Grand Valley State's Eno Umoh turned away eight attacks (one solo, seven assisted) in the match. Stacey Catalano led the Lakers with 10 kills, while Rebeccah Rapin and Krysta Kornack added nine apiece.
Ashland sophomore outside hitter Brittany Snider (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) paced the Eagles with a match-high 14 kills. Junior Anesia Benton (Lima, Ohio/Senior) had eight kills and senior Sophie Paddock (Girard, Ohio/Hubbard) added four to go with four block assists.
Three Eagles finished with double-digit dig totals, including junior libero Arian Martin (Independence, Ohio), freshman Kate Eckels (Loveland, Ohio/Mt. Notre Dame) and senior Lauren Schweitzer (Dublin, Ohio/Bishop Watterson).
Ashland, which is in the midst of a five-match road swing, will continue its three-match weekend trip on Friday (Oct. 8) when it plays at Ferris State beginning at 7 p.m.