Bluffton moves into HCAC semi-finals with 3-0 win over RHIT
November 2, 2010
By: Erin Oberly, sports information assistant
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's volleyball team earned an outstanding
victory over the #6 seed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Tuesday night in the
first round of the HCAC post-season tournament. Bluffton, the #3 seed, will advance
to take on #2 seed Mt. St. Joseph this Saturday, Nov. 6 in the semi-final round at
Transylvania University. The Beavers improved to 23-6 overall, while Rose bowed out
of the tournament at 19-10 overall.
A trifecta of hitters led the Beavers as senior Allison Streicher (Continental) along with juniors Nicole Wood (Tiffin/Hopewell-Loudon) and Courtney Zimmerman (Leesburg/Fairfield) each put down 10 kills. Senior Heather Rodman (Mansfield/Mansfield Christian) followed with six kills and no errors on just 10 attacks.
Conducting the offense was senior Shauna Rowland (Bucyrus/Wynford) with 38 assists.
Zimmerman was also dominant at the net as she had four solo blocks, while Rodman added
two solo blocks and three block assists. Senior Mandi Leemaster (Fremont/Old Fort) led the team in digs with 12 while Streicher chipped in eight
digs and sophomore Heather Schierer (Crescent Springs, Ky./St. Henry) added seven digs. Freshman Hailey Phillips (Malinta/Patrick Henry) contributed two service aces.
Bluffton competes Saturday evening at 5 p.m. against #2 seed Mt. St. Joseph at tournament
host Transylvania University.