Bluffton takes first set before falling to ONU in NCAA Regionals
November 13, 2009
By: Erin Neal, sports information assistant
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HOLLAND, Mich. - The Bluffton University women's volleyball team saw its stellar record-breaking
season come to an end Thursday afternoon, November 12 on the campus of Hope College
in Holland, Michigan as they fell to the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University in
four sets in the NCAA Regional Quarterfinals. Despite a 25-20 first set surge over
the Polar Bears that saw Bluffton finish with just one hitting error, the Beavers
dropped the last three sets (25-23, 25-16, 25-17). It was the third time Bluffton
squared off against Ohio Northern this season, and while the Beavers were able to
dominate and take the first set, ONU rallied to take the last three sets each time.
Leading the way for the Beaver offense were Nicole Wood (Tiffin/Hopewell-Loudon) and Jenna Eshleman (Landisville, Penn./Hempfield) with 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Following Wood
and Eshleman were junior Allison Streicher (Continental) and sophomore Heather Rodman (Mansfield/Mansfield Christian) with seven kills apiece. Sophomore middle Courtney Zimmerman (Leesburg/Fairfield) also contributed five kills.
Shauna Rowland (Bucyrus/Wynford) steered Bluffton's attack as she dished out 41 assists. The HCAC
Most Valuable Player also locked in another double-double with her 17 digs. Leading
the defensive efforts was senior libero Brittany Roth with 29 digs. Eshleman, Streicher,
and Kayla Pickering (Jamestown/Greenview) each had 14 digs in the effort. Rodman led at the net with
six block assists while Streicher contributed three.
With the loss, the Beavers wrapped up one of the most successful campaigns in Bluffton
volleyball history. They ended with a 27-6 record overall and advanced into the national
NCAA tournament, on top of many other successful accolades leaving expectations high
for the 2010 campaign. Making their final appearances in Beaver uniforms were seniors
Brittany Roth, Michele Rosen and Brittany Duff.