TOLEDO – Toledo utilized a balanced attack to register a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 27-25) sweep over Kent State on Saturday evening in Savage Arena. The victory was the Rockets' sixth-straight win over the Golden Flashes (5-15, 2-6 MAC) and improved UT's record to 8-12 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
Senior OH Sondra Parys led Toledo with a match-high 14 kills and .400 attack percentage and was joined in double figures by junior RSH Becca Reidy (11 kills) and junior OH Lauren Rafdal (10 kills). Junior S Adria Pryor quarterbacked the Rocket attack with 43 assists and helped UT post a .255 hitting mark.
Junior MB Dakota Harkins and sophomore MB Brooke Frazer topped Toledo's defensive stellar showing at the net with five blocks apiece. UT garnered 10 blocks in the match compared to just four for KSU. Senior libero McCall Paynter led the Rockets with 11 digs.
Sophomore OH Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola was the Golden Flashes' offensive leader with 10 kills with junior libero Hannah Herc collecting a match-best 14 digs.
The Rockets jumped on the visitors early by scoring seven of the match's first eight points. UT then enjoyed a comfortable 19-12 cushion until KSU went on a 7-3 spurt to climb within three points at 22-19. UT was forced to call timeout when the Golden Flashes climbed to within 24-22, but Harkins ended the set with a tip kill.
Toledo led the entire second set as well and broke away from Kent State with a four-point spurt buoyed by two Reidy kills. Parys then ended the stanza with a pair of kills to give the Rockets a 2-0 advantage.
The third set was the tightest of the contest and KSU held a 11-10 lead when a 6-2 run by the Rockets gave them a 16-12 advantage. The Golden Flashes wouldn't go away quietly though and eventually tied the score at 24-24 on an Aderemi-Ibitola kill. UT was ended any hopes of a Kent State comeback though thanks to a Parys kill and block from Harkins and Pryor to end the match.
Toledo returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 16 with a non-conference matchup vs. IPFW. Match time in Savage Arena is set for 6:00 p.m.