(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The match was deemed "the battle of the beltline" and it lived up to the hype. The first game had eight ties with the last tie at 20-20 before the Panthers were able to put together a mini-run to take a 22-20 lead which proved to be just enough to take the first game 25-21. Cornerstone broke a 14-14 tie in the second game and sustained the lead. Davenport was forced to take a timeout at 23-20 and two straight kills by Kassie Graves cut the Golden Eagle lead to 23-22. A kill by CU's Abby Miedema
made the score 24-22. CU had an attack error and with the score at 24-23 Jodi Grandholm
secured the game two win for CU at 25-23.Cornerstone kept the momentum from game two going into game three and after tying it up at 6-6 after two straight Davenport errors, a kill by Alicia TerHaar started a 6-0 CU run. The Golden Eagles never looked back withstanding a late DU rally which cut the CU lead to 22-21. TerHaar came through with another kill to take a 23-21 lead. DU closed the game with two straight hitting errors and CU took the third game 25-22 win and more importantly a 2-1 lead.
It looked like CU had things under control in the fourth opening the game with a 7-3 advantage. But the Panthers just would not give in that easily and went on a 5-1 run to tie it at 8-8. CU's last lead of the game would be at 12-11 before a kill by Ashley Penny would start a 9-0 DU run. The Panthers dominated the second part of the game winning decisively 25-16 and set up the rubber match.
Cornerstone took an early 3-1 lead but a kill by DU's Ashley Penny with the score at 4-4 ignited a 5-1 run and Davenport had a 9-5 lead. The Panthers could just side-out from there and finished the match with a 15-9 fifth game win.
Alicia TerHaar and Megan April
finished with 11 kills each and Tamara Bethke
dished out 38 assists. Abby Miedema
had a team high 20 digs for CU. Ashley Penny led the match with 18 kills for the Panthers. Davenport held the advantage at the net with 13 blocks to CU's 9. Cornerstone drops to 9-17 overall and 3-7 in the WHAC while the Panthers improve to 14-10 and 6-5 in the WHAC. The Golden Eagles will play in the Big Guns Invitational at St. Francis Ill. on Oct. 15-16.