Hurricane Sandy has been one of the few things to slow down Mount Union’s volleyball team.
After clinching their first Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season title in school history, the nationally ranked Purple Raiders had their OAC Tournament opener vs. Muskingum pushed back to tonight.
While the storm will pass by the end of the week, odds are Mount Union will be still going strong as it attempts to win its second straight OAC tourney crown with a pair of Medina County natives leading the charge.
Medina resident and senior middle hitter Dee Glass is averaging 1.09 blocks per game and ranks second overall in the OAC in blocks. Glass has 109 blocks to go with 121 kills in 100 games this season.
Joining Glass in helping Mount Union to a 24-5 record has been Cloverleaf graduate Sarah Schleich. The sophomore setter has come on strong as of late and has 442 assists and 142 digs for the season.
Sophomore Stephen Uhler (Brunswick) had a day to remember for Ohio Weselyan. The wide receiver garnered 123 yards on 13 receptions, but the Battling Bishops saw their 10-game win streak come to an end with a 28-0 loss to Wabash.
l Senior defensive lineman Tyler Houska (Highland) had pair of sacks as Ashland defeated rival Findlay 42-21 to improve to 9-0. Houska finished with six tackles, while the Oilers’ Richard Sumlin (Medina) had five.
l Harvard tight end Kyle Juszczyk (Cloverleaf) made five catches for 38 yards as the Crimson regained first place in the Ivy League with a 31-14 win over Dartmouth.
l Four tackles from Adam Cepik (Cloverleaf) weren’t enough as No. 14 Heidelberg fell to No. 1 Mount Union 33-14.
l Carlton Watkins (Buckeye) had nine tackles in Tiffin’s 31-14 loss at Ohio Dominican.
l Wideout Anthony Schrock (Wadsworth) made three catches for 53 yard, but Walsh fell to Lake Erie 27-20 in overtime.
l Wittenberg improved to 7-1 with a 45-27 win over Denison. Heath Eby (Cloverleaf) had four stops.
l Defensive end Kyle Sirl (Cloverleaf) had two tackles, including a sack, in Youngstown State’s 41-28 loss to South Dakota State.
Goalkeeper Justin Nolan (Highland) recorded his eighth win of the season, stopping four shots in Ashland’s 1-0 victory at Tiffin. The junior had six saves earlier in the week in a 3-1 triumph over Urbana.
l Defender Travis Connor (Cloverleaf) helped Mount Union’s backline post a scoreless draw with Baldwin-Wallace.
Freshman Ali Kovarik (Medina) scored in the second half to lift Ashland over Ohio Dominican 1-0. The Eagles finished the season 8-10-1, but will return Kovarik, Beth Lang (Medina), Melissa Hill (Medina), Haley Frick (Brunswick) and Karly Beuck (Cloverleaf), who was sidelined for most of the season due to injury. Ashland will, however, graduate Rachel Luebke (Medina), a four-year starting defender who played 6,730 of a possible 6,737 career minutes.
l Goalie Claire Turner (Cloverleaf) made three saves en route to posting her eighth clean sheet of the season in Defiance’s 1-0 win over Bluffton.
l Junior forward Rachel Gokey (Cloverleaf) dished out her second assist of the season as Baldwin Wallace crushed Marietta 5-1.
l Sophomore Taylor Burke (Medina) needed just one save as No. 11 Florida won the Southeastern Conference regular-season crown with a 3-0 win over South Carolina. The Gators, who also feature forward Jill Graff (Medina), will open the SEC Tournament tonight against Mississippi.
l Walsh needed a goal by Jessie Gearhart (Wadsworth), her seventh of the season, to down Northern Michigan 1-0.
l Senior Jackie Lowdermilk (Wadsworth) scored in the 58th minute to help Mount Union to a 6-0 win over Heidelberg.
l Senior defender Hillary Crookston (Brunswick) won the final home match of her career as Ursuline edged Urbana 1-0.
l Katie Roberts (Cloverleaf) attempted four shots as Buffalo saw its Mid-American Conference playoff hopes disappear with a 2-1 overtime loss against Akron in the season finale.
l Forward Becca Candler (Medina) had one of Indiana’s two shots on goal as the Hoosiers fell to No. 25 Ohio State 5-0. Indiana missed a berth to the Big Ten Tournament.
Kristen Bennett (Wadsworth) had a match-high 12 kills with just one error as Otterbein swept Capital in its regular-season finale.
l Thanks to 10 kills by sophomore Laura McDermott (Cloverleaf), Morehead State held on for a five-set victory over Jacksonville State. The win helps the Eagles remain atop the Ohio Valley Conference.
l Leslie Giordon (Medina) had 11 kills and a pair of block assists as Fairmont State dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Alderson-Broaddus. Kaitlyn Witsaman (Medina) picked up 10 digs.
l Sophomore Corrin Early (Cloverleaf) recorded 11 digs to help Wheeling Jesuit win a five-set match with Shepherd.
Junior Evan McKee (Medina) earned first-team All-OAC honors in helping Ohio Northern to a runner-up finish at the OAC Championship at Wilmington. McKee was ninth individually in 26:08. Brad Palocko (Medina) took 35th for Heidelberg in 26:58, while BW’s Ryan Fallow (Medina) was 144th in 29:31.6.
l Ohio State’s Donny Roys (Medina) crossed the finish line in 12th place and earned All-Big Ten honors after clocking 24:10 at the Big Ten Championships.
l Despite steady rain, Kent State’s Russ McCune (Wadsworth) was 44th in 26:17.2 to help the Golden Flashes take third at the MAC Championships.
l Senior Tyler Tomazic (Medina resident/St. Vincent-St. Mary) helped Ohio Wesleyan to a third-place finish at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. Tomazic finished in 17th place, completing the course in 27:16.8 to earn All-NCAC accolades.
l Kevin Paradise (Medina) improved his time from a season ago by 10 seconds at the Big South Championships as UNC Asheville posted a fifth-place finish — its best in nearly a decade. The sophomore clocked 25:39.05 to come in 15th.
l Freshman Selena Pasadyn (Brunswick) ran 22:41 as Harvard was third at the Ivy League Championships.
l Ashley Berlin (Wadsworth) clocked a personal-record 21:14 to help Cleveland State to ninth place at the Horizon League Championships.
Elaina Lanson (Wadsworth) won two individual events and swam on a winning relay as Georgia Southern improved to 3-0 with victories over Savannah College of Art & Design and Davis & Elkins. Lanson took first in the 50 freestyle (23.68) and 100 free (52.31), along with recording a 23.70 split in the free leg of the 200 medley relay.
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