No. 11 Ohio Northern Wins Two at Washington (Mo.) National Invitational


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ST. LOUIS - The No. 11 Ohio Northern volleyball team posted a very impressive 2-0 record on Day 1 of the Washington (Mo.) National Invitational, beating former NCAA Division I opponent Birmingham Southern (Ala.) 3-1 to begin the day and No. 24 California Lutheran 3-0 in the nightcap.

The Polar Bears are now 4-2 on the season, while BSC is 3-1 and CLU is 1-1.

Junior All-American Liz Schnelle kept creeping up the record book with 42 kills on the day. She is now in ninth place on ONU's all-time kills list with 1,165, just 11 behind former teammate and All-American Laura Vuyk.

Schnelle got off to a solid start against Birmingham Southern with 23 kills and a .500 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Abby Schaller (14 kills) and junior Sharon Guzik (nine kills) also helped with the offensive load in the first match.

ONU convincingly won the first set 25-18 thanks in large part to two aces apiece from senior setter Katie Weininger and junior rightside hitter Renee Berry before suffering a tough loss in Set 2 22-25.

The Polar Bears then bounced back to dictate the rest of the match, winning the last two sets 25-17 and 25-15.

Berry ended up finishing the match with four aces, while Northern totalled nine for the contest.

Weininger had 49 assists against BSC, and four Bears recorded double-digit digs.

Freshman libero Kasey Roeser led the defense with 17 digs. Berry and freshman Nicole Howard each tallied 15 digs, as junior Liz Decima recorded 10 digs.

In the second match, Ohio Northern won a very competitive and well-played contest 25-22, 25-21, 26-24.

Schnelle again paced ONU with 19 kills. Senior middle hitter Samantha Markham added 12 kills to provide a dominating performance by Northern's middle hitters.

Schnelle and Markham combined for 31 of the Polar Bears 40 kills in the match.

Weininger dished out 32 assists against CLU while Roeser again played very well defensively with 13 digs.

Northern will be in action again tomorrow to face host No. 2 Washington at 10 am and No. 22 Central (Iowa) at 12:30 pm.

Article courtesy of Ohio Northern athletics.

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