October 29, 2011

Volleyball Falls on the Road to Toledo 3-1

TOLEDO, Ohio – Senior Courtney Jarvis tallied a match-high 20 kills, but The University of Akron volleyball team fell 3-1 on the road at Toledo Saturday evening (20-25, 25-20, 29-31, 26-28). Junior Chelsea Harvey turned in a career-best nine kills, along with freshman Mary Delich who finished with 11 kills and a .391 hitting percentage. Junior Paiton Twitty had a match-high 10 total blocks, including three solo, as Akron (4-21, 1-11 MAC) tallied 15.0 total blocks to match its season high. The Zips hit .195 on the night to Toledo's .272.

Toledo (9-15, 4-8) took an early lead in the first set, going up 12-7, but the Zips hung around and pulled to within three at 13-10. The Rockets managed to stretch their lead, however, to 19-13 to put Akron on the ropes. Down 14-21, the Zips kept fighting and made it 17-22, but UT did not let up. A kill by Jarvis and a Rocket error made it 20-24, but Toledo closed out the set on the next point to take a 1-0 lead.

Akron went up early in the second with a 6-3 advantage, but Toledo bounced back to make it 6-5 after a pair of points. The Zips then managed to extend their lead to 13-10 after a kill by Alex Cocklin. Refusing to go away, however, Toledo came right back and drew to within one, but Akron held on to its lead. With Akron ahead 16-12, UT won the next two points but a service error stalled the comeback. A Harvey kill then increased UA's lead to 18-14, forcing a Rocket timeout.

After the break, the Zips went in front 20-15, but a pair of points by Toledo made it 20-17 late in the set. At 21-18, the Rockets blocked a Jarvis attack to earn a point, but Twitty added one for the Zips to put UA up 22-19. An Akron block pushed the score to 24-19, but Toledo stayed alive with a kill down the left sideline. Jarvis then evened the match for the Zips with a kill to end the set at 25-20.

Play began fairly even in the third, with the score knotted at 4-4 until Toledo gained a slim 6-4 lead. Akron rallied to tie it at 8-8 and then regained the lead with a Rocket error on the next point. After a kill by Cocklin, the score was tied again at 11-11. Behind the serve of Christina Furda, UA then went on a six-point run to surge ahead 17-12.

The Rockets attempted to rally, making it 18-15 in favor of the Zips, but a kill by Mary Delich helped Akron maintain its lead. Ahead 20-17, a block by UA put another point on the board, as the Zips continued to hold the upper hand. Still battling, Toledo won the next three points to trail by just one, 21-20.

After a timeout, the Rockets evened the score at 21 all, but a Jarvis kill ended their streak and put the Zips up by one. UT tied it up again on the following point and took a 24-22 lead after a UA attack error. Harvey kept it alive with a kill to pull Akron within one, and the Zips tied it on the next point at 24 all.

With the set still even at 25-25, Harvey notched another kill, but the Rockets answered as the score stood 26-26. Toledo went up by one thanks to an error, but Morgan Kuhn tallied a kill to tie it again at 27-27. Jarvis kept the Zips alive to make it 28-28, but a service error gave Toledo another set point. Jarvis delivered again from the outside, but UT went up 30-29 on the next point and claimed the set 31-29 after an Akron error.

In the fourth, Toledo went on top early 8-2 to put Akron in a hole out of the gate. Later, a block by Twitty made it 5-10, but Akron was not able to cut into the deficit. With the Rockets leading 16-8, Delich added a kill, but the Zips struggled to put together consecutive points. Toledo notched a kill to go up 20-11, but Akron took the next five points to try to get back in the set, down 16-20.

A Rocket kill ended the run, but a kill by Jarvis made it 21-17, Toledo. Akron won another point to continue the comeback, but UT responded to make it 22-18. Down 23-19, the Zips notched a block followed by a Toledo error that made it 23-21, Rockets. A service error then gave Toledo match point, but the Zips stayed alive at 24-22 and then tallied an ace to make it 24-23.

A solo block by Jarvis then tied the score, but Toledo went up 25-24 after a kill. After a long rally, Jarvis slammed another kill to knot it at 25, but again Toledo went ahead on the ensuing point. A Rocket error made it 26-26, but a kill gave them another match point, and they closed it out, 28-26.

The Zips return home next weekend against Miami (Ohio) on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET and Bowling Green on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. at James A. Rhodes Arena. Saturday's match will be Senior Night.