LIMA, Ohio – The (RV) Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University defeated University of Northwestern Ohio 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 23-25, 16-25, 15-9) on Friday night in Lima, Ohio. The victory gives Lawrence Tech 11-straight wins as they remain unbeaten in the WHAC at 8-0.
Lawrence Tech (14-1, 8-0) needed five sets to defeat Northwestern Ohio as Jessica Lodge had matched a career high 18 kills while Isabella McDonald added 17 kills. Zakia Hunt finished with 17 kills and a .371 hitting percentage. Kristi Doherty set a career high in assists with 60, two shy of the program record 62 set by Josie Queary in 2014 when she hit that number twice. Doherty also led the team in aces with two.
The Blue Devils finished the match with a .266 hitting percentage, 68 kills, and eight blocks.
The Blue Devils fell behind early as UHON took an early 7-3 lead, but Lawrence Tech battled as Lodge led the way with eight straight serves to give LTU a 17-13 lead. The Racers fought back to get within one at 17-16. Lawrence Tech went on to win the set 25-22 as Lodge won the set with a kill.
Lawrence Tech took the early lead in set two, going up 7-2 on Northwestern Ohio. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 13-5 behind Doherty's serve as she finished that run with a pair of aces. Lawrence Tech's Hyduk served the Blue Devils into a 20-10 lead as Lodge and Hudson had a kill each. The Blue Devils went on to seal the set 25-15 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Blue Devils started the third set with a 15-10 lead, but the Racers didn't wilt building momentum to tie the match at 16-16 with a 6-1 run. The Blue Devils retook the lead at 19-16 as Doherty and Hudson earned a pair of kills, but a 5-0 by the Racers gave UNOH a 21-19 lead. Northwestern Ohio went on to secure the set at 25-23 to cut the LTU lead to 2-1.
Northwestern Ohio had all the momentum heading into the fourth set and they didn't let up, taking an early 5-2 lead on the Blue Devils. Lawrence Tech responded by tying the match at 5-5, but the Racers kept themselves in the set building a 12-9 lead. Northwestern Ohio continued their run as they pushed their lead to 17-12 as LTU had a pair of errors to end the run. Hunt earned the Blue Devils the next point to make it 17-13, however the Racers had full momentum taking the set 25-16 closing the set on an 8-3 run to tie the match at 2-2.
The Racers took the early 3-1 lead in the fifth set, but Lawrence Tech went on a 7-0 run to take a commanding 8-3 lead in the 15-point final set. Lodge took the serve at 3-2 and went on to win the next five points as McDonald had three of her six kills in the set during the run to put LTU up 8-3. After switching sides, the Blue Devils rallied to take the final two points as Hunt got the final kill to give LTU a 15-9 set win.
The Blue Devils head to Fort Wayne, Ind. on Saturday, October 5 when they face Indiana Tech. First serve is set for 3 p.m. EDT.