COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Ursinus women's volleyball team was downed in straight sets (21-25, 19-25, 16-25) to Haverford on Wednesday night at Helfferich Hall in Centennial Conference action.
With the loss, the Bears fall to 7-14 overall and 3-6 in Centennial Conference action. Meanwhile, the Fords improve to 21-4 overall and 8-1 in conference action.
First-year Caroline Sherman and senior Katie Cressman each posted a team-high seven kills while Cressman added eight digs plus three blocks. Sophomore Gabby McGinn added five kills and sophomore Gabby McGinn paced the Bears offense with 16 assists. Junior Luca Walborn led the defense with a team-high 11 digs.
Ursinus started strong in the first set as they jumped out to a 4-1 advantage following a pair of kills. The Fords responded by winning six of the next seven points to go up 7-5 before the Bears countered by taking six of the next seven points of their own to take the lead back at 11-8. Ursinus held a 14-12 lead until Haverford won four of the next five points to go up 16-15. The Fords forced a Bears timeout after winning three-straight points following Ursinus tying the first set at 16. The Bears got within one point at 20-19, but the Fords closed the set out by taking five of the next seven points.
Following some back and forth action to start the second set, the Fords won five of six points to go up 9-4 after holding a 4-3 advantage. Haverford continued to hit well in the second set and extended their lead out to 15-8, and forced another Bears timeout. Ursinus came out of the timeout and won five of the next seven points to pull within four at 18-14. The Bears would get as close as three points multiple times in the remaining part of the set, but were unable to get closer as the Fords took set two 25-19.
Ursinus took an early 4-2 lead behind three kills in the third set and worked their way out to a 6-4 advantage. Haverford won seven of the next eight points to take an 11-8 lead and forced another Bears timeout. Out of the timeout, the Bears won five of six points to tie the third set at 12 after tallying three kills and one ace in the run. However, the Fords took control of the set and the match by winning eight of the next nine points to go up 20-13. The Fords closed the third set out by taking five of the next eight points.
Kendall Otridge led the Fords with a game-high nine kills and Dina Kosyagin added eight kills. Sara Hunsberger paced the Fords offense with a game-high 29 assists, and Juliet Young posted a team-high 18 digs.
The Bears return to action tomorrow, October 28th as they will travel to face Immaculata at 7 p.m. in non-conference play