Otterbein Volleyball Completes Unbeaten Ohio Athletic Conference Regular Season
Posted Oct 30, 2023
Make it the first perfect Ohio Athletic Conference regular season in history for the Otterbein volleyball program, which punctuated its league schedule 9-0 on Friday night with an impressive sweep over Mount Union in the Rike Center.
The Cardinals, already defending their regular-season title on Wednesday, showed no letdown effect in blowing past the Purple Raiders by scores of 25-21, 25-15, 25-16. Otterbein (which dropped just two sets in league play all season) will be the top seed in the upcoming OAC Tournament.
Mount Union entered tied for second place in the league standings, but falls back to 18-7 overall and rests 5-3 against the conference. The Raiders will await other results this weekend before knowing their postseason line.
Prior to first serve, the program recognized a quartet of graduating seniors in Madison McCoy, Kailey Mishler, Anna Cecil and Morgan Hartman. The foursome has helped guide Otterbein to an 86-22 record since arrival, with three OAC titles in the span.
Hartman led the way with a hitting line of 17-5-37 (.324) as she nears 1,400 kills for her stories career. A likely OAC Player of the Year candidate, she also had 10 digs to register yet another double-double.
Libero Amanda Troyer racked up 19 digs as she continues to average more than six per set. Mount Union hit just .079 for the match and negative in the middle set.
Kennedy Hoffman came in swinging once again, dropping the hammer for another 14 kills and hitting .290 for the contest. Madison McCoy had seven kills, five total blocks and reentered late to play the back row (with Cecil) as a lighthearted sendoff
Mishler represented almost half of the 44 assists distributed on the night.
Mount Union came out ready, leading early in the opening set and later tied 20-20 after Otterbein remained close. The Cardinals, as they have done so many times before, secured crucial points in key moments in closing the frame on a 5-1 spurt.
Otterbein held marginal leads (of 12-10 and 18-14) in the middle set before taking control, embarking on a 7-1 push to end the frame and further its advantage.
The Raiders stayed put and threw a good punch to begin the third, finding themselves up 9-6 before watching the beast roar back. Otterbein erupted with a 13-2 run from that point, completely flipping the momentum and breaking the brooms out.
CASE IN CLEVELAND:
The Cardinals will make a trip up north to strengthen the non-conference schedule on Saturday, playing their third key match in four days by heading to Case Western Reserve. Start time against the Spartans (7-7) is slotted for 5 p.m.