2002 Archive

December 12, 2002

"Walsh Volleyball Players Earn NAIA Region IX and All-America Honors, Head Coach Cass Dixon Named Region IX Coach of the Year"

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its women's volleyball All-Region and All-America teams for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Walsh University teammates Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH/Galion HS) and Kristin Readence (Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan HS) both earned all-region and all-America honors for the second straight year, while teammate Lauren Collins (Brunswick, OH/HS) earned all-region honors for the first time. Head coach Cass Dixon was named the NAIA Region IX Coach of the Year.

Lindsey Wilt, a 5-6 junior setter, was named NAIA Region IX Player of the Year and earned second team NAIA All-America honors, the highest for any Walsh volleyball player. Wilt, who was also named the American Mideast Conference South Division Player and Setter of the Year, lead the Cavs and the AMC in assists per game (13.09). She totaled 1839 assists on the year and currently ranks third in Walsh's career assists per game (11.29) and fourth in career assists (4212). She also averaged .61 aces per game (ranked 10th in the AMC), 3.09 digs per game, 1.51 kills per game, and .29 blocks per game.

Junior Kristin Readence was named to the NAIA Region IX team for the third straight year. She also earned NAIA All-America Honorable Mention honors for the second consecutive year. The 5-11 middle blocker led the Cavs with a .410 attack percentage (second in the AMC) and 1.37 blocks per game (fourth in the AMC). She ranked third on the team with 3.36 kills per game (12th in the AMC) and second in total kills (460). She also tabbed 42 aces and 144 digs for the season.

Lauren Collins, a 5-11 sophomore outside hitter/middle blocker earned NAIA Region IX honors for the first time in her career. Collins finished an outstanding season leading the Cavs with 540 kills, averaging 4.00 kills per game (3rd in the AMC). She also lead Walsh with 491 digs, averaging 3.64 digs per game. Collins also recorded .50 blocks per game and .48 aces per game for the year.

Head Coach Cass Dixon earned NAIA Region IX Coach of the Year honors for the first time in her four years as head coach at Walsh. Dixon guided the Cavs to a 39-5 overall record which included an AMC South Division Conference Championship. The Cavs also won the AMC and NAIA Region IX Tournament Championships and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the second straight year.

Monday, December 9, 2002

VOLLEYBALL (39-5, 16-0) Cavs Finish 1-3 at Nationals/Readence, Kaiser Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors

Walsh's fabulous season came to a close at the NAIA National Championships in San Diego. The Cavs finished 1-3 and failed to qualify for the quarterfinals for the second straight year. After winning their first match against Indiana Southeast in four games, the Cavs failed to win a game in their remaining three matches. The Cavs were swept 3-0 by Dickinson State, Madonna and Palm Beach Atlantic. The three match-losing streak was longest of the year for the Cavs, who entered the championships 38-2.

The NAIA announced that Walsh's Kara Kaiser (Jr., Maumee, OH/Springfield, OH) and Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma, OH/Franciscan) were each named 2002 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball All-America Scholar-Athletes. Recipients must have a junior or senior academic standing, maintain a minimum cumulate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, be a member of the varsity team and meet certain statistical criteria. Both are pre-medicine majors. Readence carries a 3.78 GPA and Kaiser a 3.57 GPA.

Readence led the Cavs with 52 kills at the championships, including 20 in Walsh's win over Indiana Southeast. She finished 13th in attack percentage (.378). Lindsey Wilt (Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) was 6th in assists per game (13.08). Lauren Collins (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) added 46 kills and Ruth Kucklick (So., Los Gatos, CA/HS) 41. Kucklick and Collins were among the leaders in digs. Kucklick was 3rd with 5.62 digs per match and Collins was 5th averaging 4.92. Collins finished the season leading the Cavs with 540 kills. Readence led the team with a .410 attack percentage. Wilt, the AMC Player and Setter of the Year, led the Cavs with 1,832 assists for a 13.09 per game average.

Friday, December 6, 2002

"Kaiser, Readence Earn Daktronic-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Recognition"

OLATHE, Kan. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today the 2002 Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball All-America Scholar-Athletes. Recipients must have a junior or senior academic standing, maintain a minimum cumulate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, be a member of the varsity team and meet certain statistical criteria. Walsh's Kara Kaiser (Jr., Maumee, OH/Springfield, OH) and Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma, OH/Franciscan) were each named to the team. Both are pre-medicine majors. The Cavs finished play at the NAIA Nationals in San Diego, California today with a 1-3 mark. Walsh closes the season 39-5.

Friday, December 6, 2002

"Cavs Finish NAIA Championships With Loss to Palm Beach Atlantic"

Palm Beach Atlantic (34-9, 1-3) turned the tables on the Cavaliers, as they handed Walsh their third pool play loss at the NAIA National Volleyball Championships being held at Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego, California. Walsh defeated Palm Beach Atlanitc at last year's championships, hosted by PBA in Florida. PBA defeated the Cavs in three straight games, 30-20, 31-29 and 30-23. The Cavs finish the championships 1-3 in pool play and 39-5 overall. Kristin Readence, who had an outstanding tournament for the Cavs, led the team with 13 kills. Lindsey Wilt dished out 35 assists and Ruth Kucklick added 15 digs.

The Walsh-PBA box is below. NOTE WALSH'S POOL RECORD IS 1-3 NOT 1-4 AS LISTED ON THE OFFICIAL BOX

http://www.naia.org/volleyball/championship/2002/boxes/poolb/game10.htm

Thursday, December 5, 2002

"Madonna Bumps Cavs in Three"

Madonna (46-3, 3-0) handed Walsh (39-4, 1-2) its second pool play loss, defeating the Cavs 19-30, 27-30 and 17-30. The loss keeps the Cavs from advancing to the elite eight. Walsh plays its final match of the tournament at 9 a.m. (PST) against Palm Beach Atlantic (33-9, 0-3), whom the Cavs beat at last year's national tourney. Kristin Readence led the Cavs against Madonna with 10 kills, Lindsey Wilt had 33 assists. Below is the box score from the Madonna match.

http://www.naia.org/volleyball/championship/2002/boxes/poolb/game9.htm

"Cavs Fall in Three to Dickinson State"

Walsh (39-3) lost its first match of the NAIA National Championships, losing in three straight to Dickinson State (26-6) 30-28, 30-26 and 30-24. The Cavs are now 1-1 in pool play and meet Madonna (45-3, 2-0) at 9 p.m. tonight (6 p.m. PST). Dickinson State is 3-0 in pool play. Below is the box score from the Dickinson State match.

http://www.naia.org/volleyball/championship/2002/boxes/poolb/game7.htm

Wednesday, December 4, 2002

"Cavs Win Opening Match"

Walsh (39-2) won its opening pool play match at the NAIA National Volleyball Championships in San Diego, California defeating Indiana-Southeast (31-8) three games to one. The Cavs took game one 30-26, lost game two 21-30, but won games three and four 30-18, 34-32 to win the match go 1-0 for the championships. Kristin Readence and Lindsey Wilt paced the Cavs. Readence 20 kills and a .436 attack percentage. Wilt dished out 54 assists. Both were NAIA honorable mention All-Americans last season. For Indiana-SE it was their second loss of the day. They lost to second seed Dickinson State (25-6) 3-0 earlier in the day. Walsh will meet Dickinson State, the top seed in Pool B, in their second match of the tournament at 1:30 p.m. pacific standard time (4:30 Ohio time) on Wednesday. The following link will provide game stats.

http://www.naia.org/volleyball/championship/2002/boxes/poolb/game3.htm

Monday, December 2, 2002

(38-2, 16-0) Cavs Set For National Run in San Diego/Open Pool Play on Wednesday

Walsh (38-2) will play in Pool B at the NAIA National Volleyball Championships at Pt. Loma University in San Diego, California which begin on Wednesday. The Cavs are seeded 10th overall and 3rd in their pool. Walsh, who finished 9th overall last year, open pool play against Indiana Southeast (31-6) on Wednesday, December 4 at 3:45 (PST). The Cavs second match is against number 2 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (24-6) at 1:30 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, December 5. Walsh then returns to the court against 7th seeded Madonna (MI) (43-3) at 6 p.m. Walsh closes pool play on Friday, December 6 against Palm Beach Atlantic (FL) (33-6) at 9 a.m. (PST). The Cavs defeated Palm Beach Atlantic at last year's tournament. The top two teams from each pool advance to the elite eight. All times (PST) are Pacific Standard time. Walsh went 2-2 in their first tournament appearance last season and lost to Georgetown in a special playoff to determine the final team to advance from pool play.

Thursday, November 27, 2002

"Pool Play Announced for NAIA Volleyball Championships"

Walsh (38-2) will participate in Pool B in the upcoming NAIA National Volleyball Championships at Pt. Loma University in San Diego, California. The Cavs are seeded 10th overall and 3rd in their pool. Walsh, who finished 9th overall last year, open pool play against Indiana Southeast (31-6) on Wednesday, December 4 at 3:45 (PST). The Cavs second match is against number 2 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) (24-6) at 1:30 p.m. (PST) on Thursday, December 5. Walsh then returns to the court against 7th seeded Madonna (MI) (43-3) at 6 p.m. Walsh closes pool play on Friday, December 6 against Palm Beach Atlantic (FL) (33-6) at 9 a.m. (PST). The Cavs defeated Palm Beach Atlantic at last year's tournament. All times (PST) are Pacific Standard time.

Monday, November 25, 2002

(38-2, 16-0) Cavs Defend NAIA Region IX Title/Set For National Run in San Diego

NAIA ranked 15th Walsh won their second consecutive NAIA Region lX championship last Saturday by sweeping Mount Vernon Nazarene and Houghton College. The Cavs will now pack their bags for San Diego, California, and their second straight trip to the NAIA National Championships. The championships begin with pool play on Wednesday, December 4. Walsh finished 9th in their first tourney appearance last season at West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Cavs swept Mt. Vernon in three straight games in their first match. For the Cavs, it was their third straight win over the Cougars this season. Lauren Collins (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) led the Cavs with 18 kills and 22 digs. Lindsey Wilt (Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) added 52 assists. The Cavs then swept Houghton in the title match behind Kristin Readence's (Jr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) 16 kills. It was Readence who put the ball down for the final point. Wilt added 40 assists and Ruth Kucklick (So., Los Gatos, CA/HS) and Olivia Roston (Jr., Galion, OH/HS) had 18 and 17 digs respectively. Houghton defeated Michigan-Dearborn and upset Daemen to reach the title match.

Walsh's 95% (38-2) winning percentage is the best in Cavs history. The 38 wins are the most for a Cass Dixon coached team and most since 1998 when the Cavs won 38 matches against 8 losses. Walsh's record for wins in a season (51) was established in 1985. That team finished 51-6 for an .895 winning percentage, the previous highest. The most astonishing number is that the Cavs only lost 12 games in 40 matches, also a school record. Walsh lost only 1 game in matches involving American Mideast Conference teams and did not lose a game in the AMC or Region lX Tournament.

Saturday, November 23, 2002

"Walsh Successfully Defends NAIA Region lX Title"

Walsh will make its second straight trip to the NAIA National Championships, after they successfully defended their NAIA Region lX title with wins over Mt. Vernon Nazarene and Houghton.

The Cavs swept Mt. Vernon in three straight games in their first match, led by Lauren Collins 18 kills and Lindsey Wilt's 52 assists. Collins also added 22 digs. The Cavs swept Houghton in the title match behind Kristin Readence's 16 kills. Wilt added 40 assists and Ruth Kucklick and Olivia Roston had 18 and 17 digs respectively. Houghton defeated Michigan-Dearborn and upset Daemen to reach the title match. Walsh will now head to San Diego, California for the NAIA National Championships, which begin Wednesday, December 4. The Cavs finished 9th last year in their first trip to the championships.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Cavs (36-2, 16-0) Ranked 15th in Final NAIA Poll

Walsh inched up one spot to 15th in the final NAIA ranking of the season. The Cavs host the NAIA Region IX Tournament this weekend where they will face AMC South division foe Mount Vernon Nazarene (36-12, 12-4) in the first round. Match time is set for noon with the winner advancing to the finals at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

(36-2, 16-0) Cavs WIN AMC Tournament/Host Region lX Tourney This Saturday...

NAIA ranked 16th (final rating out today) Walsh won their second consecutive American Mideast Conference Volleyball tournament this past weekend at Daemen College. The Cavs made short work of Saint Vincent College on Friday night with a three game sweep of the Bearcats (30-14, 30-16, 30-12). On Saturday Walsh defeated Houghton College 30-24, 30-26, 30-13 in the semifinals and then went on to defeat AMC North Division champion Daemen 30-22, 30-24, 30-19 in the finals.

Sophomore Lauren Collins (OH/MB, Brunswick, OH/HS) led the Cavalier attack against Saint Vincent. She recorded a team high 12 kills and hit .455 for the night. She also led the Cavs with 14 digs. Middle blocker Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) had a team high 5 blocks and 4 aces and setter Lindsey Wilt (Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 27 assists.

It was Collins again leading the Cavs in their win over Houghton. She recorded 14 kills and 4 aces. Ruth Kucklick (OH, So., Los Gatos, CA/HS) had 12 kills and a team high 10 digs. Wilt added 41 assists. In the Cavs three game sweep over Daemen, Kucklick hammered out 17 kills and hit .469 for the match. She also had a team high 14 digs along with Olivia Roston (Jr., LIB, Galion, OH/HS). Sophomore Tonia Brennen (MB, Madison, OH/HS) recorded five blocks and Wilt added 40 assists.

Last week (Monday), the All-AMC South teams were named. Lindsey Wilt earned first team honors for the second straight year and was also named the AMC South Player and Setter of the Year. Kristin Readence earned first team honors for the third consecutive year while Lauren Collins earned first team honors after being named honorable mention all-AMC and all-freshmen last year. Ruth Kucklick earned second team all-AMC. She was named to the all-freshmen team last season. Head Coach Cass Dixon earned Coach of the Year accolades for the first time in her career.

Walsh hosts the NAIA Region IX Tournament this weekend. They will face AMC South division foe Mount Vernon Nazarene (36-12, 12-4). The Cavs defeated the Cougars twice earlier this season in three and four games. The Cougars were the only team in the conference to take a game from the Cavs this season. Mount Vernon earned their seed in the region tourney by defeating Houghton College in the consolation match of the conference tournament. Match time is set for noon with the winner advancing to the finals at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

"Cavs Dominate AMC South Division Volleyball Honors"

The American Mideast Conference South Division volleyball team was released yesterday. Walsh University teammates Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH/Galion HS), Kristin Readence (Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan HS), and Lauren Collins (Brunswick, OH/HS) earned first team honors while fellow teammate Ruth Kucklick (Los Gatos, CA/HS) earned second team honors. Head coach, Cass Dixon, was named the AMC South Coach of the Year.

Lindsey Wilt, a 5-6 junior setter, received the most votes in the AMC South, earning her both Player and Setter of the Year honors. This was not the first all-conference honors Wilt has received though. As a freshman she was second team all-AMC and earned first team and Setter of the Year accolades last season along with all-region and NAIA All-American honors. Wilt leads the Cavs and the AMC in assists per game (13.05). She has totaled 1462 assists on the year and currently ranks third in Walsh?s career assists per game (11.14) and fourth in career assists (3842). She also averages .62 aces per game (ranked 13th in the AMC), 3.23 digs per game, 1.45 kills per game, and .24 blocks per game.

Junior Kristin Readence earned first team honors for the third straight year. The 5-11 middle blocker who earned all-region and NAIA All-American honors last season, leads the Cavs with a .406 attack percentage (second in the AMC) and 1.46 blocks per game (fourth in the AMC). She is third on the team with 3.31 kills per game (13th in the AMC) and second in total kills (361). She has also tabbed 31 aces and 117 digs for the season.

Outside hitter Lauren Collins earned first team honors this year after being named honorable mention all-AMC and to the AMC all-freshmen team last year. The 5-11 sophomore leads the Cavs with 435 total kills, averaging 4.07 kills per game (third in the AMC) all while hitting .320 for the year (fourth in the AMC). She is second on the team with 361 digs, averaging 3.37 digs per game. She has also recorded 53 aces and 59 blocks on the season.

Sophomore Ruth Kucklick earned second team honors after being named to the all-freshmen team last season. The 5-10 outside hitter leads the Cavs and the AMC with 73 total service aces, averaging .73 aces per game. She ranks third on the team with 341 kills, averaging 3.41 kills per game (eighth in the AMC) and fourth in attack percentage (.273, 14th in the AMC). Kucklick has also recorded 317 digs and 70 blocks for the year.

Head coach Cass Dixon earned Coach of the Year honors for the first time. In her four years at Walsh she has guided the Cavs to a 120-35 record, four AMC Tournament appearances, three NAIA Region IX appearances, the 2001 AMC and NAIA Region IX Titles, and Walsh?s first ever appearance at the NAIA National Volleyball Championships where the Cavs finished tied for ninth place last year.

NAIA ranked 16th Walsh (33-2) won the AMC South Division with a perfect 16-0 record. They travel to Amherst, New York this weekend for the AMC Volleyball Tournament hosted by Daemen College. The Cavs will play the winner of the Malone (20-14, 11-5)/St. Vincent (17-13, 11-7) match at 7 p.m. on Friday night. The tournament is single elimination. However, by winning the AMC South Division, the Cavs gained an automatic bid and hosting rights to the NAIA Region IX Tournament on Saturday, November 23, 2002.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

"Wilt AMC Setter of the Week"

Walsh setter Lindsey Wilt (5-6, Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) has been named the AMC Setter of the Week in women's volleyball. Wilt has won the honor five times this season.

Wilt paced Walsh to a 4-0 week with 13.31 assists per game. In 13 games played, she totaled 57 digs, 18 kills, and 12 service aces for the NAIA No. 16 Cavaliers (new poll to be released today). Wilt leads the AMC in assists averaging 13.02 per game. Walsh, 33-2 and 16-0 in the AMC, holds the top seed for the AMC Tournament, which begins Friday at Daemen College.

Monday, November 11, 2002

(33-2, 16-0) 16th Ranked Cavs Clinc AMC South Crown/Hold Seed For AMC Tourney at Daemen...

NAIA 16th ranked Walsh (33-2, 16-0) clinched the Southern Division championship of the American Mideast Conference with a home win over Cedarville on Friday night. This is Walsh?s first out-right regular season conference championship since 1997 and first under Head Coach Cass Dixon. The Cavs then swept weekend matches from Shawnee State and Ohio Dominican to finish the conference season a perfect 16-0. The Cavs have earned the top seed for the upcoming AMC tournament, starting Friday at Daemen College and running through Saturday. The top six teams from each division (North & South) will compete. Walsh is also the host for the NAIA Region lX Tournament on November 23, which starts their quest for a return trip to the NAIA National Tournament in San Diego, California. Walsh won the AMC and Region lX tournaments last season.

The Cavs opened the week with a non-conference win over NCAA division ll Ashland in four games (30-18, 30-19, 30-23). Ruth Kucklick (So., Los Gatos, CA/HS) led the Cavs with 16 kills. Lauren Collins (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) and Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) each added 15 kills. Readence also had 6 blocks. Setter Lindsey Wilt (Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) had 59 assists. Kucklick, Collins and Readence paced the Cavs in kills in the AMC clinching win over Cedarville (30-24, 30-18, 30-15) with 13, 12 and 12 respectively. Readence also had 8 blocks and Collins 13 digs. Wilt dished out 40 assists. Collins and Sarah Page (Jr., Carrollton, OH/HS) recorded 11 kills each in Walsh's win over Shawnee State (30-24, 30-18, 30-15). Page also had 4 blocks and Wilt had 41 assists and 13 digs. Walsh closed the regular season with a three-game sweep of Ohio Dominican (30-14, 30-18, 30-21). Collins had 13 kills and Wilt 33 assists and 14 digs. Tonia Brennen (So., Madison, OH/HS) had 7 blocks. Walsh finished the AMC regular season losing only one game in 16 matches.

Saturday, November 9, 2002

"Cavs Capture AMC South Divsion Title"

Walsh captured the American Mideast Conference's Southern Division title with a three-game sweep of visiting Cedarville last night. The NAIA 16th ranked Cavs improved to 31-2 overall and 14-0 in the AMC. Walsh defeated the Yellow Jackets 30-18, 30-19, 30-23.

Top servers: Lauren Collins, 2 aces. Kill leaders: Ruth Kucklick, 13. Assists: Lindsey Wilt, 40. Top defensive player: Lauren Collins, 13 digs.

The Cavs close the regular season at home today against Shawnee State (11 a.m.) and Ohio Dominican (3 p.m.) Walsh will be the top seed at next week's AMC Tourney at Roberts Wesleyan College, starting on Friday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2002

Cavs Win Number 30 With Victory at Ashland

NAIA 16th ranked Walsh won number 30 last night with an impressive four-game win at NCAA ll Ashland University. The Cavs downed the Eagles 30-22, 30-23, 27-30, 30-23 to improve to 30-2 on the season. This Friday the Cavs can clinch the American Mideast Conference South Division regular season crown with a win over Cedarville. Game time is 7 p.m. at the PE Center. The Cavs are also home on Saturday for an AMC tri-match with Shawnee State (11 a.m.) and Ohio Dominican (3 p.m.)

Ruth Kucklick (So., Los Gatos, CA) and Lindsey Wilt (Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) paced the Cavs win at Ashland. Kucklick led the Cavs with 16 kills, while AMC assist leader Wilt dished out 59 and had 18 digs.

Monday, November 4, 2002

(28-2, 12-0) 10th Ranked Cavs Win Streak Halted at 9 by Cornerstone/Can Wrap-up AMC South Crown This Week...

Tenth ranked Walsh improved to 29-2 for the season and 13-0 in the South Division of the American Mideast Conference with a 2-1 week last week. The Cavs swept arch-rival Malone in three games and beat NCAA lll Baldwin Wallace, but lost to NAIA 27th ranked Cornerstone at home. The Cornerstone loss stopped Walsh's nine game win streak and was their first loss at home this season. The Cavs play four matches this week. They meet NCAA division two Ashland University on the road on Tuesday, then close the regular season with three home AMC matches this weekend. The Cavs host Cedarville on Friday and Shawnee State and Ohio Dominican on Saturday. The Cavs can clinch the South Division crown with one more AMC win.

Ruth Kucklick (So., Los Gatos, CA/HS) paced the Cavs with 11 kills in the win over Malone (30-22, 30-17, 30-19). Lauren Collins (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) and Rose Pope (Jr., Amherst, OH/Amherst Steele) had 10 kills each. Lindsey Wilt (Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) added 39 assists and Olivia Roston (Jr., Galion, OH/HS) had 15 digs. The Cavs suffered just their second loss of the season in four games to Cornerstone (27-30, 26-30, 30-23, 27-30). Collins led the Cavs with 21 kills. Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) had 18 kills and a .536 hitting percentage. Wilt dished out 56 assists and had 17 digs. Walsh then bounced back to down Baldwin Wallace in four games (27-30, 30-17, 30-16, 30-22). Collins again led the Cavs with 20 kills, while the AMC assists leader Wilt had 49 to go with 22 digs.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

"Cavs Sweep Malone for 28th Win/Clinch Tie For AMC South Crown/Remain Number 10 in NAIA"

NAIA 10th ranked Walsh remained undefeated in the South Division of the American Mideast Conference (13-0) with a three-game sweep of Malone at Osborne Hall tonight. The win clinched at least a tie for the AMC South Division championship. Any combination of one Walsh win, or one Cedarville (10-3) loss gives the Cavs the title outright. Walsh and Cedarville each have three AMC South matches remaining and play at Walsh on November 8. The Cavs swept Malone for the second time this season, by scores of 30-22, 30-17 and 30-19. Walsh improved to 28-1 overall with the victory and won thier 10th consecutive match. Walsh is home to Cornerstone (31-6) and Baldwin Wallace in two non-league matches on Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m. Cornerstone is ranked 27th in this week's NAIA top 25. The Cavs remained 10th for the second straight week.

Monday, October 28, 2002

(27-1, 12-0) 10th Ranked Cavs Extend Win Streak to 8/@ Malone on Tuesday...

Walsh, who inched up one spot to 10th in last week?s NAIA National Volleyball Poll, defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene in their only match of the week. The Cavs downed the Cougars in four games 30-25, 34-32, 17-30, and 31-29 to win their eighth straight match. The match marked just the fourth time that the Cavs have gone four games with an opponent. Walsh has only lost seven games this season. Four Cavs recorded double-digit kills against MVNU. Sophomore Lauren Collins (5-11 MB/OH Brunswick, OH/HS) led the attack with 19 kills. Kristin Readence (Jr., 5-11 MB Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) tabbed 15 while Ruth Kucklick (So., 5-10 OH Los Gatos, CA/HS) had 12. Rose Pope (Jr. OPP 5-11 Amherst, OH/Amherst Steele) added 11. Collins also led Walsh with 20 digs. Readence and Pope led the Cavs with six and five blocks respectively. Junior setter Lindsey Wilt (5-6, Bucyrus, OH/Galion), who was the AMC Setter of the Week last week for the fourth time this season, dished out 55 assists. The Cavs, who lead the AMC South Division at 12-0, travel to Malone this Tuesday. Malone is 18-12 overall and 9-3 in the conference. Walsh defeated the Pioneers in three straight games earlier this season at home. Walsh leads the series 32-17. The Cavs are home this weekend for a non-conference tri-match against NAIA ranked 20th Cornerstone University and NCAA Division III, Baldwin Wallace College. Match times are at 1, 3, and 5 pm.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

"Cavs Back in Top Ten/Defeat Mt. Vernon Nazarene in Four"

Walsh (27-1, 12-0) vaulted back into the NAIA top ten, then promptly went on the road to win at Mount Vernon Nazarene in four games. The NAIA 10th ranked Cavs win over the Cougars gave them their first series sweep over MVNC since 1991. Walsh, who moved from 11th to 10th, beat the Cougars 30-25, 34-32, 17-30 31-29 for their ninth straight win. Walsh remains in first place in the American Mideast Conference's South Division at 12-0. The Cavs are idle the remainder of the week.

Monday, October 21, 2002

"Lindsey Wilt, AMC Setter of the Week"

AMC Players of the Week (October 14-20)

(From AMC Website, www.amcsports.org

Malone outside hitter Brandie Beebe (Wintersville, OH/Indian Creek HS) and Walsh setter Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH/ Galion HS) have been selected the AMC volleyball Players of the Week. Beebe, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, averaged 5.64 kills with a .343 attack percentage during Malone's 2-1 week. Her top efforts included 24 kills and 10 digs in a win over Ohio Dominican and 22 kills with 25 digs during a victory against Geneva. In 11 games for the week, she added 51 digs and six service aces. Wilt, a 5-6 junior, earned the setter honor for the fourth time this fall after averaging 14.56 assists per game after leading NAIA No. 11 Walsh to three South Division wins. She posted a .524 assist percentage, served up six aces out of 63 attempts with no errors, and totalled 36 digs. Wilt also added 13 kills with a .407 attack percentage.

Monday, October 21, 2002

(26-1, 11-0) Cavs Extend Win Streak to 7/@ Mt. Vernon Nazarene Next...

NAIA 11th ranked Walsh improved to 11-0 in the American Mideast Conference and 26-1 overall after sweeping AMC South matches from Tiffin, Rio Grande and Urbana last week. Walsh's 26-1 start is the best in school history. Walsh started the 1984 season 25-2 under then Head Coach Missy Long and finished 42-10. Five of the Cavs ten losses that season came at a NCAA division two tournament at Wright State. The Cavs have won seven straight and have not lost a game since their only defeat against defending NAIA champion Columbia on October 5. The Cavs have only lost six games this season. This week the first place AMC South Cavs have just one match, at Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday. The Cavs swept the Cougars 30-20, 30-16 and 30-20 on October 1 at home. The Cavs have not swept the season series from Mt. Vernon since 1991. The Cavs started the week with a three-game sweep at Tiffin 30-21, 30-22 and 30-26. Rose Pope (OPP, Jr., Amherst, OH/Amherst Steele) led the Cavs with 13 kills. Lindsey Wilt (S, Bucyrus, OH/Galion) contributed 43 assists, Kristin Readence (MB, Jr., Parma,. OH/Padua Franciscan) had eight blocks and Ruth Kucklick (OH, So., Los Gatos, CA/HS) had 20 digs. Lauren Collins (MB, OH, So., Brunswick, OH/HS) paced the Cavs in kills (13) in their wins over Rio Grande (30-18, 30-14, 30-20) and Urbana (30-25, 30-17, 30-13). Kucklick and Readence each added 12 kills in the Rio Grande match and Tonia Brennen (MB, So., Madison, OH/HS/High Point University) added 11 against Urbana. Wilt recorded 48 assists against Rio and 40 against Urbana. Lindsey Wilt leads the AMC in assists per game, with a 12.98 average. Lauren Collins was third in kills per game (4.0) as play began last week. Ruth Kucklick was sixth in kills (3.5). Kristin Readence stood second in attack percentage (.427) and fifth in blocks per game (1.44).

Wednesday, Otcober 17, 2002

"Cavs Down Tiffin in Three"

NAIA 11th ranked Walsh improved to 9-0 in the American Mideast Conference and 24-1 overall with a three game sweep at Tiffin last night. The Cavs downed the Dragons 30-21, 30-22 and 30-26 for their fifth straight win. Rose Pope (5-11, Jr., Amherst, OH/Amherst Steele) led the Cavs with 13 kills. Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH/Galion) contributed 43 assists, Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma,. OH/Padua Franciscan) had eight blocks and Ruth Kucklick (So., OH, Los Gatos, CA/HS) had 20 digs. The Cavs are home for an AMC tri-match on Saturday with Rio Grande (3 p.m.) and Urbana (7 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2002

"Cavs 11th in Latest NAIA Top 25/Wilt Named NAIA Setter of the Week"

Walsh (23-1, 8-0) remained number 11 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Walsh has been ranked 11th the last two weeks, after being ranked an all-time high 9th. Lindsey Wilt was also chosen as the NAIA Setter of the Week for her performance last week.

Monday, October 15, 2002

"Collins, Wilt AMC Players of the Week"

(October 7-13) Walsh (23-1, 8-0) teammates Lauren Collins (Brunswick, OH/HS) and Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH/Galion) are the American Mideast Conference Players of the Week. The duo paced the NAIA No. 11 Cavaliers to three more wins. Collins, a 5-foot-11 sophomore outside hitter, averaged 5.67 kills per game with a .417 attack percentage. Her biggest output was 21 kills in a three-game sweep over Houghton. She also produced 17 kills and 15 digs in a win versus Trinity Christian. Collins averaged 3.33 digs per game and served eight aces for the week. Wilt, a 5-6 junior setter, racked up 14.44 assists per game in the three wins. She was good on 60-of-61 serves for a .984 accuracy with nine aces. Wilt also added 22 digs. Walsh is at Tiffin on Tuesday for an AMC South match.

Monday, October 14, 2002

"(23-1, 8-0) Cavs New Win Streak at Four/Lead AMC South"

NAIA 11th ranked Walsh improved to 23-1 with a pair of non-conference wins over Trinity and Houghton and an AMC South win over Malone. Walsh did not lose a game in any of the three matches. The first place South Cavs are 8-0 in AMC play. This week the Cavs travel to Tiffin on Tuesday and host Rio Grande and Urbana on Saturday. All are AMC South matches for the Cavs. Walsh is 8-0 at home and have won 19 of their last 20 home matches dating back to last season. Walsh improved to 8-0 in the South Division of the AMC with a three game sweep of Malone. The Cavs downed the Pioneers 30-16, 30-25 and 30-23. Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma,. OH/Padua Franciscan) led the Cavs with 14 kills. Lauren Collins (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) added 13. Lindsey Wilt (Jr., Galion, OH/HS) dished out 43 assists and Olivia Roston (Jr., Galion, OH/HS) had 13 digs. It was Collins leading the Cavs with 21 kills against Houghton and 17 against Trinity. She also had 15 digs in the Trinity match. The Cavs beat both teams in three games, starting with Houghton (30-24, 30-22, 30-23). Wilt dished out 43 assists and Readence had nine blocks against the Highlanders. Walsh swept Trinity 30-24, 30-23 and 30-14. Wilt had 43 assists. Lindsey Wilt leads the AMC in assists, averaging 12.6 per game. Kristin Readence is second in attack percentage (.427), Lauren Collins is fourth in kills per game (4.0) and Ruth Kucklick (So., OH, Los Gatos, CA/HS) is fifth in kills per game (3.6). As a team, the Cavs lead the AMC in assists per game (14.05), kills (16.25) and attack percentage (.310).

Sunday, October 13, 2002

"Cavs Down Houghton and Trinity"

11th ranked Walsh improved to 23-1 with a pair of non-conference wins over Trinity and Houghton. This week the Cavs travel to Tiffin on Tuesday and host Rio Grande and Urbana on Saturday. All are American Mideast Conference matches for the first place Cavs. Lauren Collins (So., MB/OH, Brunswick, OH/HS) led the Cavs with 21 kills against Houghton and 17 against Trinity. She also had 15 digs in the Trinity match. The Cavs beat both teams in three games, starting with Houghton (30-24, 30-22, 30-23). Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 43 assists and Kristin Readence (Jr., MB, Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) had nine blocks against the Highlanders. Walsh swept Trinity 30-24, 30-23 and 30-14. Wilt had 43 assists.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

"Cavs Sweep Malone in Three For 21st Win"

Walsh improved to 8-0 in the South Division of the AMC and 21-1 overall with a three game sweep of Malone. The Cavs downed the Pioneers 30-16, 30-25 and 30-23. Kristin Readence led the Cavs with 14 kills. Lauren Collins added 13. Lindsey Wilt dished out 43 assists and Olivia Roston had 13 digs. The first place Cavs host Houghton and Trinity in a non-league tri-match on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

"Cavs Drop Two Spots To 11th in Latest NAIA Poll"

Walsh (20-1, 7-0) dropped two spots to 11th in the latest top 25 NAIA poll. The fall marked the first time in the regular season that Walsh has not been in the top ten. The Cavs were ranked 13th in the NAIA's preseason poll. Walsh is home to archrival Malone (11-9, 5-1) in an AMC match at 7 p.m. tonight. Walsh is in first place in the South Division of the AMC, Malone is in second place.

Monday, October 7, 2002

"Cavs (20-1, 7-0) Suffer First Loss vs. Columbia/Malone Next"

NAIA ninth ranked Walsh went 3-1 last week with three game sweeps over Mount Vernon (30-20, 30-16, 30-20), Olivet Nazarene (30-27, 30-20, 30-27), and Saint Xavier (30-23, 30-26, 30-21). Their only loss came at the hands of NAIA defending National Champions and 3rd ranked Columbia College (30-20, 32-30, 30-20). Kristin Readence (Jr., MB, Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) and Lauren Collins (So., MB/OH, Brunswick, OH/HS) led the Walsh offensive with 11 kills a piece in the sweep of Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Lindsey Wilt (S, Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 37 assists and Sarah Page (Jr., MB, Carrollton, OH/HS) recorded five blocks. Ruth Kucklick (So., OH, Los Gatos, CA/HS) led the Cavs with 16 kills, 12 digs and a .423 hitting percentage in the Cavs win over NAIA ranked 18th Olivet Nazarene. Wilt added 43 assists. The Cavs suffered a few minor set backs on Saturday. In their loss to Columbia, Kucklick went down with a sprained ankle. Readence led the Cavs with 10 kills and four blocks. The Cavs second set back of the day came when Olivia Roston (Jr., OH/LIB, Galion, OH/HS) came down with the flu, forcing them to use only seven players in their win over St. Xavier. Readence and Collins hammered out 17 and 15 kills respectively. Collins also added 14 digs and Readence had 10 along with three blocks. Wilt had 40 assists and Kara Kaiser (Jr., DS/LIB, Maumee, OH/Springfield) recorded a team high 16 digs. The Cavs host AMC South Division and cross-town rival Malone College Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Walsh also hosts a tri-match this Saturday with Trinity Christian College (IL) at 11 a.m. and Houghton College (NY) at 3 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2002

"Cavs Win 19th Straight, Face Defending NAIA Champion Columbia on Saturday"

NAIA ninth ranked Walsh improved to 19-0 on the season with a three-game sweep over host Olivet Nazarene 30-27, 30-20, 30-27 in the opening match of the Olivet Nazarene Tournament. Walsh meets NAIA defending champion Columbia (10 a.m.) and St. Xavier (2 p.m.) tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

"Cavs Sweep Mt. Vernon Nazarene/Jump to 9th in Latest Poll"

Walsh jumped to ninth in the NAIA's latest poll, then promptly swept Mt. Vernon Nazarene for their 18th win without a loss. The AMC, South Division first place Cavs are 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the AMC. The loss for Mt. Vernon (18-5, 2-1) was their first in AMC play. Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) and Lauren Collins (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) led the Cavs 11 kills each, as Walsh won 30-20, 30-16 and 30-20. AMC Setter of the Week Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 37 assists and recorded four service aces. Wilt and Olivia Roston (Jr., Galion, OH/HS) each recorded 14 digs. Sarah Page (Jr., Carrollton, OH/HS) led the Cavs with five blocks. Next up for the Cavs is defending NAIA champion Columbia at the Olivet Nazarene Tournament on Friday. Columbia is 13-1 on the season and ranked third. Columbia beat the Cavs in the first round of the NAIA National Championships last season.

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

"Lindsey Wilt Tabbed AMC Setter of the Week"

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Houghton middle blocker Kirsten Nelson (Tokyo, Japan) and Walsh setter Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH/Galion) have been named the AMC Players of the Week in women's volleyball for the week of September 23. Wilt, a 5-6 junior, provided 12.44 assists per game to lead unbeaten and NAIA No. 10 Walsh to a trio of AMC South Division three-game sweeps on the road. She had 37 assists at Cedarville, 33 versus Urbana, and 42 more at Rio Grande. Wilt added 21 digs, 12 kills, and four service aces. She committed just one serving error in 32 attempts. Walsh (17-0, 6-0) is home to Mount Vernon Nazarene (18-4, 2-0) tonight at 7 p.m.

Monday, September 30, 2002

"10th Ranked Cavs Remain Unbeaten/Face Defending Champion Columbia and Mt. Vernon Nazarene This Week"

NAIA tenth ranked Walsh swept weekend American Mideast Conference road matches to improve to 17-0 overall and 6-0 in the AMC. Walsh, off to its best start in school history, did not lose a game over the weekend. On Friday, they bested Cedarville 30-17, 30-27 and 30-18. Walsh then downed Rio Grande 30-15, 30-19 and 30-20 and Urbana 30-14, 30-21 and 30-16 on Saturday. The first place Cavs are home to Mount Vernon Nazarene (18-4, 2-0) on Tuesday night at 7 pm in an AMC contest. On Friday, the Cavs travel to compete in the Olivet Nazarene Tournament, where they will meet defending NAIA champion Columbia on Saturday. The two teams met at the NAIA National's last season, with the Cougars besting the Cavs in three games. Kristin Readence (Jr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) and Lauren Collins (So., Brunswick, OH/HS) led the Cavs with 13 and 12 kills respectively. Lindsey Wilt (Jr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) recorded 37 assists. It was Collins again in the wins over Rio Grande and Geneva with 16 and 13 kills. She leads the Cavs averaging 3.8 kills per game and is second on the team with 184 kills. Readence leads the team with a .437 hitting percentage.

Sunday, September 29, 2002

"Cavs Sweep AMC Matches to Remain Undefeated"

NAIA tenth ranked Walsh swept weekend American Mideast Conference road matches to improve to 17-0 overall and 6-0 in the AMC. Walsh, off to its best start in school, did not lose a game over the weekend. On Friday, they bested Cedarville 30-17, 30-27 and 30-18. Walsh then downed Rio Grande 30-15, 30-19 and 30-20 and Urbana 30-14, 30-21 and 30-16 on Saturday. The first place Cavs are home to Mount Vernon Nazarene (18-4, 2-0) on Tuesday night at 7 pm in an AMC contest.

Tuesday, September 24, 2002 "Volleyball Remains 10th in Latest NAIA Top 25

The Walsh University volleyball team held their ground in the latest NAIA Top 25 rankings. The unbeaten Cavs, off to their best start in school history (14-0), remained 10th for the third straight week. It was the NAIA's third regular season poll. The Cavs travel to Cedarville on Friday, and Rio Grande on Saturday for a tri-match with Urbana.

Saturday, September 21, 2002

"Dixon Gains 100th Career Win/Cavs Off To Best Start Ever"

It was a milestone day for the NAIA tenth ranked Cavs (14-0), as they swept a pair of AMC South division matches at Shawnee State University. Head Coach Cass Dixon earned her 100th career win in the first match, when the Cavs swept host Shawnee State in three straight games (30-18, 30-10, 30-22). Ruth Kucklick (So., 5-10, Los Gatos, CA/HS) led the Cavs with 15 kills. Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH; Galion H.S.) had 36 assists. Walsh then won its 14th straight match, giving them their best start in school history (14-0), when they swept Ohio Dominican in three games. Kucklick (So., 5-10, Los Gatos, CA/HS) again led the Cavs with 14 kills and Wilt had 48 assists. Walsh's previous best start was 13-0 in 1988. Walsh is at Cedarville next Friday.

Thursday, Setepmber 19, 2002

"Cavs Win 12th Straight, Remain Unbeaten"

NAIA tenth ranked Walsh remained unbeaten at 12-0, after sweeping Geneva College 30-24, 30-15, 30-26 at home last night. The Cavs travel to Portsmouth, Ohio this weekend for two AMC Southern Division matches with host Shawnee State (3-0, 0-0) and Ohio Dominican (7-5, 0-0). The Cavs next home match is October 1 against Mount Vernon Nazarene. Lauren Collins (Brunswick, OH; Brunswick H.S.) and Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH; Galion H.S.) led the Cavs attack in their sweep of Geneva. Collins paced the team with 14 kills, while Wilt dished out 40 assists and had ten digs. Kristin Readence (Jr., 5-11, Parma, OH/Franciscan) had six blocks.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

"Cavs Remain Ranked 10th in Latest NAIA Top 25 Poll"

For the second straight week, the unbeaten Cavs (11-0) remained tenth in the latest NAIA Top 25 volleyball poll. Walsh is home to Geneva at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

"Lauren Collins and Lindsey Wilt Tabbed AMC Player and Setter of the Week"

Lauren Collins, Walsh (player) Lindsey Wilt, Walsh (setter) Walsh teammates Lauren Collins (Brunswick, OH; Brunswick H.S.) and Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH; Galion H.S.) have been selected the AMC Players of the Week in women's volleyball. They guided the NAIA No. 10 ranked Cavaliers to a 5-0 week and the Saint Xavier IL Invitational title. Collins, a 5-foot-11 sophomore outside hitter, was named the AMC Player of the Week after averaging 4.0 kills with a .321 attack percentage. She pounded 19 kills in a win over Hastings NE and added 12 in a sweep of NAIA No. 19 Olivet Nazarene. Collins had 14 aces and 64 digs for the week to go along with a .951 pass percentage in 82 attempts. Wilt, a 5-6 junior, is the AMC Setter of the Week upon supplying 12.69 assists per game. She had 51 assists versus Hastings and 41 in an AMC North Division win against Tiffin. Wilt served up eight aces and tallied 54 digs.

Monday, September 16, 2002

"10th Ranked Cavs Remain Unbeaten"

Walsh remained perfect (11-0), winning five matches last week, including the St. Xavier Invitational over the weekend. This week they play three American Mideast Conference matches, starting on Wednesday with Geneva at home. They travel to Shawnee State to meet the host Bears and Ohio Dominican on Saturday. The Cavs breezed by Tiffin in three games to win their AMC opener. Ruth Kucklick (So., 5-10, Los Gatos, CA/HS) led the Cavs with 13 kills. Lindsey Wilt (Jr., 5-6, Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 41 assists. The Cavs were nearly perfect over the weekend at St. Xavier, losing only one game in their four matches. The Cavs swept Indiana Wesleyan and Roberts Wesleyan on Friday and St. Xavier on Saturday. The only team to take a game from the Cavs was Hastings College, who the Cavs bested 3-1. Wilt had a big tourney with 162 assists, including 51 against Hastings. Lauren Collins (So., 5-11, Brunswick, OH/HS) paced the Cavs with 54 kills, with 19 against Hastings. Collins also had nine aces and 54 digs. Kristin Readence (Jr., 5-11, Parma, OH/Franciscan) had 14 blocks, with six against Hastings.

Sunday, Septmber 15, 2002

"10th Ranked Cavs Win Invitational at St. Xavier"

The tenth ranked Walsh University Cavaliers ran their record to 11-0 with four victories at the St. Xavier Invitational over the weekend in Chicago. The Cavs downed Indiana Wesleyan (3-0) , Olivet Nazarene (3-0), St. Xavier (3-0) and Hastings (3-1)to win the invitational. Walsh is home to Geneva, Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

"10th Ranked Cavs Remain Unbeaten, Win AMC Opener"

Tenth ranked NAIA Walsh remained unbeaten (7-0) as they won their American Mideast Conference opener in three straight games over Tiffin University, 30-13, 30-23 and 30-14 last night. Ruth Kucklick (5-10 OH Los Gatos, CA/HS) and Kristin Readence (Jr., (5-11 MB Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) led the Cavs with 13 and 11 kills respectively. Lindsey Wilt (Jr., 5-6, S, Bucyrus, OH/Galion) handed out 41 assists and Kucklick and Lauren Collins (5-11, So., Brunswick, OH/HS) had ten digs apiece. The Cavs travel to Chicago for the St. Xavier Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

"Cavs Ranked 10th in Latest NAIA National Rating"

Walsh (6-0) moved up three spots to 10th place in the latest NAIA Volleyball rankings. The Cavs were pre-season ranked 13th. This marks the highest ranking ever for Walsh. Their best ranking last year was 12th (October 9, 2001).

Monday, September 9, 2002

"Cavs Remain Unbeaten"

Walsh swept both Notre Dame and Bethel in three games on Saturday to improve to 6-0 on the season. The Cavs are still NAIA pre-season ranked 13th and should jump up a notch or two after their undefeated start and their defeat of NAIA ranked 10th Taylor two weekends ago. This week the Cavs open AMC play on Tuesday as they host Tiffin University and then travel to the St. Xavier University (IL) tournament on Friday and Saturday. Junior All-American Kristin Readence (5-11 MB Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) led Walsh with 14 kills in their 30-16, 30-12, 30-19 win over Notre Dame. Readence also hit a career high .706 for the match and added a team high five blocks. Lindsey Wilt (Jr., 5-6 S Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 38 assists and lead the team with 10 digs. Jamie Herr (Fr., 5-9 OH Attica, OH/Seneca East) recorded a career high five service aces. In the Cavs 30-15, 30-26, 30-12 win over Bethel, sophomores Ruth Kucklick (5-10 OH Los Gatos, CA/HS) and Lauren Collins (5-11 MB/OH Brunswick, OH/HS) both hammered out 13 kills a piece. Kucklick also added 15 digs. Readence had eight kills and four blocks, while Wilt recorded 48 assists and seven digs. Olivia Roston (Jr., 5-10,OH/LIB Galion, OH/HS) had a team high 16 digs. NOTES: Jamie Herr could be out a few weeks. In the match against Bethel, Herr injured her left knee. The Cavs' early hopes are that it is just a sprain but further tests will tell to what extent the damage is. Herr began the year as one of the Cavs starting outside hitters. She was leading Walsh with 14 service aces (.74 apg) and also averaged 2.74 kills and 2.74 digs per game. Kucklick is leading the Cavs with 69 kills (3.63 kpg) and hitting .388 and averaging 2.89 digs per game. Readence is second in kills with 62 (3.10 kpg) and hitting a team high .450. Wilt has recorded 245 assists to average 12.25 apg.

Sunday, Septmeber 8, 2002

"Cavs Stretch Win Streak to Six"

Walsh (6-0) remained unbeaten with home victories over Notre Dame College and Bethel College on Saturday. The Cavs bested both teams in three straight. They downed the Blue Falcons 30-16, 30-12 and 30-19. NAIA All-American Kristin Readence (5-11, Jr., Parma, OH/Franciscan) led the Cavs with 13 kills and five blocks. NAIA All-American setter Lindsey Wilt (5-6, Jr., Galion, OH/HS) had 31 assists. Ruth Kucklick (So., 5-10, Los Gatos, CA/HS) and Lauren Collins (5-11, So., Brunswick, OH/HS) paced the Cavs attack in their win over Bethel with 13 kills apiece. Wilt dished out 48 assits and Readence led with four blocks. The Cavs open American Mideast Conference action at home against Tiffin on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 1, 2002

"Cavs Sweep Games in Indiana"

The 13th NAIA ranked Walsh University Volleyball Team opened the season with four victories in Indiana over the weekend. On Friday, they swept Indiana Wesleyan in three games and beat Lindsey Wilson in four games. On Saturday, they swept Grace in three games and beat 10th ranked Taylor in four games. This week they open the home schedule against Notre Dame and Bethel in the tri-match. The first match is set for 11 a.m. Sophomore Ruth Kucklick (5-10, Los Gatos, CA/HS) paced the Cavs in their opening win over Indiana Wesleyan (30-18, 30-25, 30-25) with 11 kills, 12 digs and two service aces. NAIA All-American setter Lindsey Wilt (5-6, Jr., Galion, OH/HS) had 32 assists. Freshman Jamie Herr (5-9, Attica, OH/ Seneca East HS) led the Cavs with 13 kills in the win over Lindsey Wilson (30-13, 22-30, 30-17, 30-22). Wilt dished out 43 assists and had four service aces and NAIA All-American Kristin Readence (5-11, Jr., Parma, OH/Franciscan) had ten digs and Lauren Collins (5-11, So., Brunswick, OH/HS) had seven blocks. Kucklick shined again in Walsh's win over Grace (30-10, 30-23, 30-15) with 15 kills and four service aces. Wilt had 38 assists. Kara Kaiser (5-8, Jr., Maumee, OH/Holland Springfield) had nine digs and four service aces. Herr added three blocks. Walsh rallied to defeat 10th ranked Grace after losing the first game 21-30 to win the next three games to win the match. The Cavs won the final games by scores of 30-13, 30-14 and 30-17. Kucklick had 17 kills and Collins 16. Wilt had 53 assists. Herr had a big game with 18 digs and four service aces. Rose Pope (5-11, Jr., Amherst, OH/Amherst Steele) led the Cavs with six blocks.