CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team won its fifth consecutive match on Saturday night, beating Cleveland State University 3-1 (25-15, 27-25, 25-16, 26-24) in the championship match of the Cleveland State Classic.The Bearcats swept Binghamton and Central Michigan earlier in the tournament to go undefeated. Sophomore Maya Muldrow (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) and freshmen Carly Nolan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South) and Abby Williams (Loveland, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) were named to the All-Tournament team while sophomore Cortnee Bowser (Kent, Ohio/Theodore Roosevelt) was selected as the Cleveland State Classic Most Valuable Player.
– With the win, Cincinnati improves to 5-1 while Central Michigan falls to 6-2 on the season. It is the fifth straight victory for the Bearcats.
– Five UC players notched at least six kills in the match, led by Bowser with 14 and Nolan with 13. Freshman Jordan Thompson (Edina Minn./Edina) finished with 10 while senior Emma Roberson (Brooks, Ky./Evansville) and junior Ciara Hill (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) added seven and six, respectively. It is the fifth time in six matches this season at least four Bearcats have hit at least five kills.
– The Bearcats held Cleveland State to a .162 hitting percentage and have kept their opponent under a .200 clip in five of their six matches.
– Muldrow tied a career high with eight blocks in the match.
– Bowser finished the match with 14 kills, five blocks, four digs and a career-high three assists.
– Freshman Jade Tingelhoff (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South) dished out 24 assists while sophomore Parker Shepherd (McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd) had 22.
// SET BREAKDOWN
Set 1: UC 25, CSU 15
– Cincinnati opened a 4-0 lead, forcing CSU into an early timeout following two kills from Roberson and a kill apiece from Bowser and Nolan.
– The Vikings forced Cincinnati into a timeout of its own, creeping back to within 14-13, but four straight UC points out of the timeout pushed the lead back to 18-13. The duo of Muldrow and Hill teamed for two blocks in the run.
– UC exploded to the end of the game, scoring the last six points for a 25-15 victory.
– UC hit .457 in the opening game with 16 kills and no attacking errors.
Set 2: CSU 25, UC 17
– The Vikings held a marginal lead throughout the set until a run of five straight points pushed CSU ahead 19-12.
– The Bearcats got to within four points at 19-15 following a kill by Muldrow, but could not close the gap further, falling 25-17.
Set 3: UC 25, CSU 16
– Bowser completed back-to-back solo blocks against CSU to give the Bearcats a 13-8 lead and force a timeout from Cleveland Sate. The following two plays resulted in kills by Bowser and Nolan for a second timeout by the Vikings and a 15-8 UC lead.
– With a 20-16 advantage, the Bearcats surged for five straight points and a 25-16 set No. 3 victory. Bowser had two kills in the run and Thompson added a third for Cincinnati.
Set 4: UC 25, CSU
– The score was tied at 10-10 until a three-point UC scoring run gave the Bearcats a 13-10 lead. Shepherd served an ace to cap off the rally.
– The Bearcats kept a one or two point lead throughout the game and had two match points that CSU fought off to tie the score at 24-24.
– A kill by Bowser set up a third match point for the Bearcats before Nolan pounded a shot down the line to give the Bearcats the victory.
// UP NEXT
Cincinnati continues its road swing with a visit to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the Butler All-American Classic at Butler University. The Bearcats will play Northern Iowa at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, before facing UIC and Butler at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, respectively.
// FOLLOW THE BEARCATS
For all of the latest information on Cincinnati volleyball, please visit GoBEARCATS.com. For up to the minute updates, follow Cincinnati Volleyball (@GoBearcatsVB) and Coach Alvey (@CoachAlveyUC) on twitter. You can also find the Bearcats on Facebook (GoBearcatsVB) and Instagram (CincinnatiVBall).
// EXPERIENCE UC
The University of Cincinnati department of athletics announced a new initiative entitled Experience UC, geared toward inviting the community to campus to see firsthand the great things about and surrounding the university. Experience UC includes complimentary admission for patrons attending women’s basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, swimming and diving and track and field home events.