October 6, 2009

Denison tops OWU for third straight win

Led by Lauren Strowder's (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) 16 kills, the Big Red rallied for a 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-15) win over Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday night from Branch Rickey Arena.  The win is the third straight for DU and it improves their record to 3-2 in North Coast Athletic Conference play.

Denison dropped the first set to the Bishops 25-23 but came back strong in the second frame, stopping OWU 25-15.  In the third game, the two teams were tied at 23-23 until an OWU ball handling error gave Denison game-point.  A Strowder kill would put the Big Red up 2-1, leading to the eventual victory in the fourth set.

Strowder finished with 16 kills while posting a .205 attack percentage.  Morgan Sturgeon (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) added 11 kills and Sara Mason (Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood) chipped in 10.  Holly Leonard led the way with 30 digs while Lauren Weidner (Lake Barrington, Ill./Barrington) added 19.  Claire Koneval (Solon, Ohio/Solon) turned in 44 of the team's 49 assists.

Ohio Wesleyan was led by Meg Weissenberger's 12 kills.  Sarah Marshall had 37 assists and 12 digs.

Denison's record improves to 4-15 overall.  They will host Kenyon College this Friday at 5:30 p.m.