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Volleyball wins conference opener

September 30th, 2010

It was an important weekend for the John Carroll University volleyball team, and it started sweet but ended a bit sour as the Blue Streaks finished with one win and two losses this past weekend.

On Sept. 24, the Blue Streaks traveled to Marietta College to square off against the host Pioneers. This was the first match of Ohio Athletic Conference play for both teams and both squads were looking to start conference play off on the right foot. 

John Carroll won the match convincingly by a score of 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-15) and notched their first conference win of the 2010 season. 

Senior Meredith McDiarmid led John Carroll with 37 assists. Sophomore Sarah Slagle had a match-high 21 digs and junior Kerry Fox contributed with a match-high 13 kills. 

“That was a great win for us. It’s always great to start conference play with a win, especially against a solid team like Marietta,” said JCU head coach Cally Plummer. “We always have great battles against Marietta and we were able to get the win. It was a great team effort.”

After the Blue Streaks opened the weekend with a clutch conference victory, Saturday proved to be a tougher day as the John Carroll volleyball team dropped consecutive matches by scores of 3-1 against Thiel College (25-20, 18-25, 25-8, 25-19) and Washington and Lee University (22-25, 19-25, 25-15, 22-25). 

“We’re still working on our consistency as a team, and that’s the biggest thing. The two teams we faced on Saturday had very strong middles and our weaknesses were exposed, Plummer said.

 The two matches on Saturday were held in Marietta, Ohio as part of the Pioneer Classic.

“It would have been nice to finish with another win this weekend but we got the win that really mattered on Friday against Marietta [because it was a conference victory],” said Plummer 

JCU now sits with a record of 13-6 and has only 10 matches remaining in the regular season. 

They’ll return to conference play tomorrow night (Oct. 1) when they host the Cardinals of Otterbein College at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center.

“We’re excited for our match this week against Otterbein and we’re looking to get better each match as we move ahead,” said Plummer.