Smith Reaches 1,000 Digs, Eagles' Winning Streak Snapped

Smith Reaches 1,000 Digs, Eagles' Winning Streak Snapped

The Ashland University volleyball team saw its seven-match winning streak come to an end on Tuesday as host Tiffin defeated the Eagles in four sets, 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, on Tuesday (Nov. 5) night in Tiffin.

The Eagles (22-5) started their latest winning streak with a 3-1 win over Tiffin at the Midwest Region Crossover on Oct. 18. 

Junior libero McKinley Smtih recorded her 1,000th career dig in the match and wound up just two digs shy of the single-match school record with 31.

Ashland was not able to get into a rhythm offensively against the Dragons (14-11), who held the Eagles to a .140 hitting percentage or less in each of the three sets they won.

Tiffin's Jenna Huffman caused problems for the Eagles as she put down 26 kills, including 10 in the first set as the Dragons were able to get their top player going.

AU got back in the match in the third set, never trailing in the frame. The Eagles scored 13 of the first 18 points in the set, getting four kills from senior Sophi Cudworth and three from redshirt-junior Brooke Peiffer in that stretch.

The Dragons rallied to tie it on three separate occasions later, but Ashland went on a 5-2 run to get to set point at 24-21. An error by Tiffin gave the Eagles the set. 

In the fourth, Ashland rallied from a 22-17 deficit to tie it at 22 with sophomore Sophie Dahn serving, but the Dragons finally answered with a sideout to take a 23-22 lead. A kill by redshirt-junior Lexi Lombardo tied it again, but the hosts scored the last two to earn the win.

Cudworth and Peiffer led the Eagles with 14 kills apiece while Krupar added 12 kills. Lombardo added 10 of her own.

Sophomore setter Zoey Peck posted a double-double with 45 assists and 10 digs.

The Eagles will return to GLIAC play on Saturday (Nov. 9) at Wayne State. First serve is set to go up at 5 p.m.