PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – It took the Shawnee State volleyball just three sets to earn its third victory of the season, defeating Mount Vernon Nazarene 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 Tuesday evening at Waller Gymnasium.
The Bears also won an exhibition match over Columbus State in a five-set thriller during the tri-match later in the evening.
Kristi Humble led the way for SSU over MVNU, recording a match-high 12 kills, while Paige Zelich and Christina Shelton each added nine. Devan Scarberry marked a match-high 25 assists.
On the back line, Madison Smith continued her strong play, recording 23 digs, also a match best. The Bears also controlled the net, recording a season-high 12 blocks.
The first set proved to be the toughest for Shawnee State, as the Cougars led by as many as four points midway through the frame. Trailing 16-12, SSU went on a 7-2 run to retake the lead at 19-18. The two squads would trade points all the way to a 23-23 score.
A kill from Shelton off the set from Brittany Mounts and an attack error from the Cougars meant two straight points and a 1-0 advantage for the Bears.
Shelton took over in the second set, recording four kills to lead the way for Shawnee State. Lauren Helbig connected on all three of her attempts for a 1.000 attack percentage in the set. When it was all said-and-done, the Bears earned a 25-19 win.
In perhaps their most complete set of the match, the Bears hit .303 as a team in the third and final set. Zelich led the way with five kills on eight attempts while Humble recorded five of her own for a .444 attack percentage. SSU took the final set, 25-20.
The Bears now enjoy nearly a week off before a road contest versus the College of Mount St. Joseph on Sept. 3. SSU returns home for five matches during the following weekend, coinciding with Alumni Weekend.