With conference standings on the line, the Cornerstone University women's volleyball squad hosted Davenport University Friday night. The match turned out to be a tough battle with the Golden Eagles falling to the hands of the Davenport Panthers, 2-3. Davenport took the early 2-0 lead over Cornerstone but the Golden Eagles battled back to force a fifth set. The final set however, went to the visiting team, 15-12.
With the loss, Cornerstone concludes the regular season with a 23-9 overall record and 8-3 in conference play. Davenport is now 30-5 overall and 9-2 in WHAC matches.
Cornerstone was led by Cailie Johnson's 19 kills while Murphy Heyer added 15 kills and 12 digs. Kim Weaver notched 51 assists and Abby Miedema tallied 23 digs on the night. As a team, Cornerstone hit .188 for the match, and Davenport hit .198, with the Golden Eagles holding a 88-84 edge in digs.
Play by Play
After an early 4-0 lead by Davenport, head coach Ryan Campbell was forced to call an early timeout to gather his Golden Eagles. Cornerstone battled their way back with seven straight points off Abby Miedema's pair of aces to make the score 16-23. However, the Panthers did not let up, giving the visitors set one, 19-25. Davenport hit .324 during set one, compared to .273 for the Golden Eagles. Davenport's Nicole Chase led all players with 15 kills, while four Golden Eagles had 3 kills.
Cornerstone battled all the way back from a 1-7 set-two deficit to tie the score at 13-13, posting 5-0 run by the Golden Eagles. Davenport continued their strong play through the rest of the set and Hannah Stone posted the final kill for the Panthers, 25-22. Cornerstone hit a .149 during set two, while Davenport connected at a .214 pace. Nicole Chase paced the Panthers with six kills during the second stanza.
Cornerstone extended the match with a 26-24 victory in the third set. The Golden Eagles trailed, 23-24, before going on a 4-0 run to take control of set three. The Golden Eagles attacked at a .200 pace during set three, and Davenport hit .143. Cornerstone posted 2.0 team blocks during the stanza while Murphy Heyer helped out the Golden Eagles with six digs.
Cornerstone continued their strong play to force a fifth set by taking set four, 25-22. The Golden Eagles maintained a lead throughout the set battling the Panthers. The hosts recorded nine kills at a .105 clip, compared to 18 kills at .250 for Cornerstone. Johnson recorded seven kills in the fourth set, while Davenport had three players with two kills.
Cornerstone took a quick 5-2 lead during set five before the Panthers sliced the deficit to tie the match, 11-11. Davenport responded stronger and led the rest of the match giving the visiting team the set and the match, 15-12.
With the loss the Golden Eagles conclude the regular season portion of their 2012 campaign, competing in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament next week. Opening round begins November 7. Seeding to be announced on the WHAC website .
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