Volleyball off to 9-1 start as team goes undefeated at Golden Eagle Tournament

Baldwin Wallace University volleyball is off to another great start to their season.  Since head coach Scott Carter took over to lead the program, he has experienced immediate success with records of 23-7, 24-6, and 24-6 in his first three seasons.

Currently, Baldwin Wallace is 9-1 and coming off an outstanding 4-0 weekend on the road in the Golden Eagle Invitational Tournament at the College of Brockport (N.Y.).

To recap this weekend’s event, Baldwin Wallace started off with a convincing win against Potsdam State (N.Y.). Sophomore Sarah Reinhard and freshman Ivy Earl led the charge in the first half, while freshman Ceceila Stebel, senior Ashley Nuding, sophomore Allison May and senior Alicia Lortcher had strong performances to put away the Bears.

Earl was all over the court throughout the past week, which helped her earn Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Player of the Week.

In the next match, the Yellow Jackets stood tall defensively, which was critical to securing the victory Sophomore Emily Moser made her presence felt with ten digs, and sophomore Alexis Garrett had a service streak of four points in a row.

As the Yellow Jackets continued to pressure Cazenovia College (N.Y.), BW easily took the second set by Moser finishing the game off with an ace.

The Yellow Jackets checked off Frostburg State (Md.) from the list for their third match over the weekend.  BW faced resistance early but found a way to come out victorious yet again.

Earl was again at the top of the stat sheet with ten kills in the first set. As the match continued, sophomore Taylor Brown stepped up, scoring five points consecutively from service.  To seal the match, Lortcher and Reinhard played sound defense each with over ten digs.

Riding the momentum stirred from the first three matches, BW took home their fourth win of the weekend against the host College of Brockport Golden Eagles (N.Y.), who were not quite strong enough to take down the Yellow Jacket.

Baldwin Wallace can attribute much of their success due to the continuity throughout the program.  The team is returning 16 players, 13 of which are entering their sophomore campaign.

Lortcher has been named an All-OAC performer three straight years and Nuding has lettered in two seasons.  In addition, Smith has contributed significantly in her first two seasons, also earning All-OAC honors.

The team will be back on the court on Friday, September 14th taking on Nazareth college, in the start of another tournament. BW will be back in Ursprung Gymnasium on Monday, September 17th when they take on Penn St.-Behrend (Pa.) at 7 p.m.