Toledo let an opportunity to take a 2-1 lead slip away as visiting IPFW posted a 3-1 victory over the Rockets on Tuesday evening in Savage Arena. UT held a 22-18 advantage in that momentum-shifting set, but the Mastodons were able to mount a rally to notch a 27-25 victory.
Junior OH Lauren Rafdal was the only Rocket to register double-digit kill totals and notched a match-best 21 terminations and .260 attack percentage. Junior MB Dakota Harkins was Toledo's top defensive performer at the net with a match-high seven blocks with junior S Adria Pryor tallying a team-high 14 digs.
Sophomore OH Emily Spencer topped the visitors with 19 kills and a .356 hitting mark, while senior libero Tessa McGill collecting a match-best 24 digs.
Toledo started the match strong, jumping out to an early 6-2 lead in Set 1 only to see IPFW rally to take a 15-12 advantage and force Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith to take a timeout. UT responded with a 9-2 spurt though to regain control on their way to a 1-0 lead in the match. The Mastodons then dominated the second set thanks to a 10-3 run to gain a 17-8 cushion. Toledo could never get untracked offensively in the stanza and posted just five kills and 10 attack errors for a -.152 ATK%.
The Rockets regrouped after a short break and surged to a 12-5 lead in Set 3, forcing IPFW to utilize both of their timeouts. UT remained in control until the Mastodons tallied three straight points to climb within 22-21. After the teams traded kills, junior RSH Becca Reidy blasted a kill to give Toledo two set points. Spencer denied the Rockets the victory though with back-to-back kills and redshirt freshman MH Hailie Ripley put IPFW up 25-24. Rafdal answered with a kill, but a Ripley blast and Spencer ace put UT down 2-1.
The final set was evenly played until a late three-point Mastodon spurt put the Rockets down 22-19. UT did climb to within 23-21 thanks to a Rafdal kill, but terminations from Spencer and Ripley ended the match.
Toledo will return to action this weekend with a pair of road matches against Miami and Bowling Green. The Rockets visit the RedHawks on Friday, Oct. 19 (6:00 p.m.) before facing the Falcons on Saturday, Oct. 20 (7:00 p.m.).