Cincinnati, OH- The volleyball participated in the 7th Annual Charlie Wrublewski Tournament, hosted by the Mount St. Joseph University Lions over the weekend. The tournament was played in a round robin format and consisted of the host, Berea, the Wilmington College Quakers and the North Central College (Ill.) Cardinals.
The team's first match took place Friday evening against Wilmington College where the Mountaineers got off to a quick start, taking a 9-3 lead in the first set. Berea held a steady lead in the first set and went on to win the set 25-18.
The second set saw the Mountaineers surrender the first four points to the Quakers, before going on a 6-2 run to tie the set at six. Throughout the match, the score stayed close but ultimately Berea would win the second set 26-24.
The third set continued the back and forth contest the second set saw, as neither team took more than a two point lead midway through the match. Leading 15-13, the Mountaineers scored 10 of the next 13 points to win the third set 25-16, going on to win the match 3-0.
Simone Brown led the way for Berea on the offensive end with 10 kills. Claire Mueller aided the offense with her second straight 20+ assist game, finishing with 27 for the match. The team's defensive effort was led by Bailie Parker, who finished with 19 digs. Brown also led the team in blocks with three (one solo, two assisted).
Their second match, against North Central College (Ill.), saw the teams exchange points to begin the match. Tied at nine, the Cardinals uses a 16-5 run to win the first set 25-14. The second set of the match began much like the first, with both teams trading points before the Mountaineers pushed out to a 9-5 lead. Ten attack errors by Berea helped North Central College (Ill.) come back into the match and pull out the second set victory by a score of 25-14.
Berea scored the first three points of the third set before seeing their lead turn into a 15-9 deficit. Berea bounced back though and eventually tied the game at 22, but the Cardinals scored the next three points to win the final set 25-22 and the match 3-0. Brown was the team leader in kills with six while Mueller led the team in assists with 13. Parker and Mueller finished the match with nine digs each for the match.
The third match saw the Mountaineers go up against the host of the tournament, Mount St. Joseph University. The first set belonged to the Lions as they won 25-7 but the second set was a much closer contested. Mount St. Joseph raced out to a quick 7-2 to begin the set before Berea came back to cut the deficit to one, 7-6. The Lions pushed the lead out to five points again to make the score 13-8 before the Mountaineers stormed back into the set, tying the score at 16. The set remained close but momentum did not stay on Berea's side and Mount St. Joseph won the second set by a score of 26-24.
The offense disappeared in the third set for the Mountaineers as the Lions rushed out to an 11-2 lead and took the third set 25-14. Grace Callow and Isabelle Haverty finished the match tied for the lead in kills with four each. Mueller led the team in assists with 13. Parker was the defensive leader with 16 digs, while Haverty added three block assists to her stat line.
Berea continues their play on the road when they travel to Kentucky Christian University when they take on the Knights. First serve is set for 7:00 PM.