SYLVANIA - Lourdes University made its school record-setting fifth victory in a row an easy one on Saturday afternoon as the Gray Wolves defeated Ohio State-Marion 25-10, 25-3, 25-10 in under an hour at Tam-o-Shanter.
The Gray Wolves hit a season-high .519 as a team for the match, while allowing the Scarlet Wave to record just five kills in the match.
"Our hitting efficiency was exactly what we needed today," head coach Greg Reitz stated. "We got some good touches and did what we needed to."
Lourdes wasted little time taking control of the match, racing out to a 17-2 lead in set one. Michi Jimenez (Vega Baja, P.R./Juan Quirindongo Morell H.S.) served 11 consecutive points during the early run, including three aces in a five-point span. Shelby Schuster (Sylvania, Ohio/Southview H.S.) and Katie McKenty (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame H.S.) both put down five kills in the opening set.
The set two victory came with even more ease. The Gray Wolves scored the first seven points of the set and took a 15-1 advantage behind the serving of Allegra Recknagel (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion H.S.) and Alyssa Pelish (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic H.S.). Lourdes did not allow Ohio State-Marion to record a kill in the set.
Trailing 3-2 in set three, Lourdes scored seven straight points on the serve of Shayna Lindey (Toledo, Ohio/Rossford H.S.) to take control, and closed the match on a back-to-back kills by McKenty and Andrea Brown (Northwood, Ohio/Northwood H.S.).
McKenty led Lourdes with 19 kills and four aces, hitting .577 for the contest. She now has 329 for the season, moving into second place on the Gray Wolves' single season kills chart.
Brown hit .778 with eight kills on nine swings, while Katie Bartlett (Toledo, Ohio/Northview H.S.) was perfect with seven kills on seven swings. Bartlett and Schuster each added seven kills.
Recknagel had 40 assists while Pelish posted a team-high nine digs.
Daisy Christophel and Jill Schwendnmann each had two kills for Ohio State-Marion (2-15) while Schwendnmann had a team-leading five digs.
The match also served as the start of a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association by the Lourdes volleyball program. Fans can donate online at www.heart.org/schools, select student sign up, Ohio, and Lourdes University.
"It was nice to get another win in preparation for what will be a huge match for us on Wednesday evening," Reitz added.
Lourdes (12-16) will go for its sixth straight victory on Wednesday evening, hosting Davenport. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. at Tam-o-Shanter.