INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - The Walsh Cavaliers volleyball team opened the 2019 Midwest Region Crossover with the 13th-ranked team in the nation, the Ferris State Bulldogs on Friday (Oct. 18).
The Cavaliers fell 3-1 (22-25, 18-25, 25-20, 17-25) to the Bulldogs at the Academy Volleyball Club.
Alexis Gilland had a pair of kills in the first four points as Walsh led 4-2 early. A 11-4 run from the Bulldogs erased the two-point lead and forced three ties before Ferris State led 13-8. The Cavaliers clawed back with four kills from Hallie Schroeder as Walsh pulled within one, 19-18 late in the set. Ferris State inched away with four straight points but Walsh responded with a 4-1 run. Walsh scored two points while facing set point but fell 25-22 in the opening set.
Amber King opened the second game with a block assist and a kill, pushing Walsh out front 3-1. Three straight points from the Bulldogs led to a teeter-totter battle to the end of the set. After a 5-5 tie, Ferris State had a 4-1 run answered with a 7-1 Walsh run as Gilland and King combined on a block for a 13-10 Cavs lead. The Bulldogs scored five of the next six points, but Schroeder tied the set at 15. Ferris State closed the set with a 10-3 run as they took a 2-0 lead with a 25-18 set two win.
Walsh started the third set fast with six of the first eight points. The Bulldogs and Cavaliers battled until Walsh led the set 14-11. Ferris State tied the set with three straight points before Walsh took advantage of some Bulldog mistakes. Walsh opened a 20-17 lead on four errors and kills by Gilland and Olivia Kearns. Three kills from Ferris State trimmed the lead to 21-20 but Walsh scored three points on errors and Lauren Loucks ended the set with a kill. Walsh trailed 2-1 after a 25-20 set three win.
Ferris State started with five straight points before four consecutive Walsh points. The Bulldogs created distance in the set with an 11-5 run. The teams exchanged points but the Bulldogs took set four 25-17.
Gilland led the Cavaliers with 11 kills and was tied for the highest hitting percentage on the team (.286). Schroeder and Loucks added ten kills on offense as Walsh hit .194 in the match. Kearns had four kills, 32 assists and one service ace. Natalie Brutscher sparked the defense with 13 digs while Sydnee Marks dug out 12 attacks. King had one solo block and a match-high six block assists for a total of four blocks.
After facing the GLIAC's best team, Walsh will open play Saturday with the top seeded GLVC team, Drury at 10 AM. The Cavaliers will end the weekend with a 4:00 PM matchup with Missouri S&T.