No. 8 Ohio Northern Wins Great Lakes Regional with Win Over Washington U.

11/15/2008

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Junior All-American Liz Schnelle had 22 kills and was named Great Lakes Regional Tournament Most Valuable Player as she led the No. 8-ranked Ohio Northern volleyball team past No. 3-ranked and defending national champion Washington (Mo.) 3-1 Saturday evening at the HPER Center on the campus of Wittenberg to send ONU to the NCAA Championship.

The win extends Northern's win streak to 26 consecutive matches and improves its record to 33-4 on the year. WU ends the year 32-7.

This is the first time ONU has reached the Elite Eight since 2003.

Schnelle amassed her 22 kills while hitting at a .432 percentage.

Senior All-American setter Katie Weininger again had a fantastic all-around match with 42 assists, eight digs and five kills.

Schnelle, Weininger and senior Samantha Markham were all named to the Great Lakes Region All-Tournament Team.

Markham had eight kills and a match high five blocks on the night.

Sophomore Abby Schaller also had a productive offensive effort with nine kills and a .280 hitting percentage.

Schnelle and Weininger combined for four kills to start Set 1 and give the Polar Bears a 6-1 lead out of the gate. Washington got within three points, but Northern was just too much for the Bears, winning 25-15.

WU had a 13-8 lead midway through Set 2, but ONU went on an 8-2 run to take a 16-15 lead. The set was tied as late as 17-17 before Northern claimed victory 25-20.

Washington again got off to a quick start in the third set, building a 15-10 lead. The five point cushion was all they needed, as they took the set 25-20.

The Polar Bears rebounded and played close with WU through 14 points with the score 7-7.

ONU then scored three in a row and never let WU back in the match, winning Set 4 25-19 and taking the regional title.

Ohio Northern will travel to Bloomington, Ill. on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan on Thursday to play Williams (Mass.). The time of the match will be determined at a later date.

Article courtesy of Ohio Northern athletics.

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