2003 Archive

Thursday, February 5, 2004
For Immediate Release

"Cass Dixon Resigns As Walsh University Volleyball Coach"

Walsh University Head Women's Volleyball coach, Cass Dixon top right has resigned, it was announced today by Director of Athletics, Jim Dennison. Dixon, the all-time leader in post season coaching victories (24) and the only coach to take Walsh to the NAIA National Championships, compiled a 163-43 (.791) record in five seasons. A search for a replacement will begin immediately. Applications are being accepted through February 15.

"Cass Dixon is an extraordinary person and coach", exclaimed Dennison. "Her volleyball program has become the model for our department. She will be missed. We wish her the best of luck."

"The last five years that I have spent at Walsh have been a tremendous joy for me but I need to move on to spend more time with my family", said Dixon. "Coach Dennison and the Walsh community have been extremely supportive and I would like to thank them for making a difficult decision easier. I will truly miss my players and hope that they continue to excel not only as Cavalier volleyball players but as great people as well."

Dixon came to Walsh after serving as an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Cleveland State during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. She also served as the Sports Information Student Assistant from 1997-98 in addition to her coaching responsibilities. Dixon has also coached junior Olympic volleyball for Cleveland Volleyball Company for the past eight years.

Dixon is an Ohio native who attended Midview High School in Grafton, Ohio. In 2001, she was one of seven athletes and only two women that were inducted into Midview Midview High School in Grafton, Ohio. In 2001, she was one of seven athletes and only two e in volleyball and helped lead the volleyball team to their first state tournament berth.

Dixon graduated cum laude from Cleveland State University in 1998 with a degree in Psychology, and earned four letters as a starter for the Vikings. She received Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Athlete accolades her junior and senior years and still ranks among the Viking's Career Record Holders in kills per game, total kills, kill attempts, hitting percentage, block assists, and block solos.

Dixon became Walsh's seventh head coach in the spring of 1999. Her first team finished as American Mideast Conference runner-up and fashioned a 32-13 record. Her 2000 team finished 19-14, but put building blocks in place for future greatness. In 2001, the Cavs began one of the most successful runs in Ohio volleyball history. Walsh made their first NAIA National Championship appearance in 2001, after winning the American Mideast Conference and NAIA Region lX Tournament. Walsh just missed the NAIA's Elite Eight at the tournament and finished the season 36-6. Walsh then began a period of conference domination in 2002 that is still intact today. The Cavs won the AMC title (16-0), and won their second straight American Mideast Conference and NAIA Region lX Tournament to qualify for the NAIA Championships for the second straight season. Walsh finished the season 39-5. This season the Cavs posted their most successful season in team history. They finished undefeated in the AMC (16-0) and made their third straight NAIA Championship appearance. Walsh shined at the national tournament, winning their first three matches and becoming the first Ohio AMC team to reach the NAIA Elite Eight. Walsh finished the season 37-5. Dixon coached seven NAIA All-Americans and six NAIA Academic All-Americans. She was named AMC and NAIA Region lX Coach of the Year twice.

Still an active player, Dixon participates in the AA level of USA Volleyball. Cass resides in Medina with her husband, former assistant coach Troy. The couple welcomed the birth of their first child, Grahm Aaron Dixon on August 19th.

Friday, January 30, 2004

"Ashley Barr Signs With Walsh University Volleyball"

Walsh University Women's Volleyball Coach Cass Dixon is pleased to announce the signing of Ashley Barr (Bowling Green, OH/HS) to a volleyball letter of intent. Barr will continue her academic and volleyball career at Walsh in the fall of 2004.

Barr, a 5'4" libero/setter, earned two letters in volleyball from Bowling Green High School. Her senior season, she helped lead Bowling Green to a 21-5 record and the finals of the District Tournament. As a senior, she earned second team All-Northern Lakes League and Honorable Mention District Seven honors. She also received the "Bobcat Award" as voted on by her teammates as the most dedicated player.

Ashley also has seven years of junior Olympic club experience. This past summer, she helped lead Toledo Volleyball Club's 17-Cromer team to a runner-up finish at the 2003 USA Volleyball Junior Championships. She was also named to the All-Tournament team for her outstanding play as the teamthe 2003 USA Volleyball Junior Championships. She was alr of Bowling Green, Ohio. She has yet to declare a major.

Monday, January 5, 2004

"Cavs Ink First Recruit for the 2004 Season"

Walsh University Women's Volleyball Coach Cass Dixon is pleased to announce the signing of Ceara Barr (Vickery, OH/Fremont Ross HS) to a volleyball letter of intent. Barr will continue her academic and volleyball career at Walsh in the fall of 2004.

Barr, a 5'7" setter, earned four letters in volleyball from Fremont Ross High School. She is a three time All-Great Lakes League honoree as well as a two-time, first team all-District honoree. As a junior, she was named Fremont Ross' Most Valuable Player. Barr also has seven years of junior olympic club experience. This past summer, she helped lead Toledo Volleyball Club's 17-Cromer club team to a runner-up finish at the 2003 USA Volleyball Junior Championships. Ceara is the daughter of Steve and Lisa Barr of Vickery, Ohio. She plans to major in criminal justice while at Walsh.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Wilt 2nd Team NAIA All-American, Kucklick, Readence Honorable Mention

Walsh University has placed three volleyball players on the NAIA All-American team. Setter Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) second team, outside hitter Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) and middle blocker Kristin Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) were each accorded honorable mention honors. Walsh recently completed its most successful season in school history, finishing 37-5 and reaching the Elite Eight of the NAIA Volleyball Championships.

Wilt was named All-American for third straight year and second team for the second straight time. The American Mideast Conference Player of the Year led the AMC in assists (12.95 per game) and is the Cavs all-time assists leader. Kucklick earned All-American honors for the first time, after leading the Cavs in kills per game (3.64) and aces per game (.52). Readence earned honorable mention accolades for the third straight year. She had an outstanding national tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She led the Cavs in attack percentage (.382) and recorded 349 kills.

Monday, December 8, 2003

Cavs (37-5, 16-0) Reach Elite Eight/Readence Named To All-Tourney Team

Walsh's Cinderella run at the NAIA National Volleyball Championships ended late Friday night at the hands of Dordt College (Iowa) in the quarterfinals. The Cavs, who reached the Elite Eight for the first time in school history, fell in three games to end the magical season at 37-5. The Cavs reached the quarterfinals after finishing 3-1 in pool play and after upsetting third seeded College of St. Mary (Neb.) and sixth seeded Houston Baptist (TX). Walsh only pool play loss was to Biola College (CA).

Walsh began its magical run by upsetting Houston Baptist in their first match on Wednesday. The Cavs won three games to one, 30-23, 28-30, 30-21, 32-30. Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) led the Cavs with 21 kills. Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) added 19 kills and Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) recorded 16 kills and 18 digs. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Galion, OH/Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 58 assists. Walsh then grabbed everyone's attention by knocking off the College of St. Mary in three straight games. After a tight first game in which the Cavs won 31-29 over St. Mary, the Cavs won game two 30-20 and game three going away 30-15. Lauren Collins and Kristin Readence paced the Cavs with 14 and 13 kills respectively. Lindsey Wilt had a triple-double with 36 assists, 11 kills and 17 digs and Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS) also had 15 digs. By the end of day one, the Cavs had turned Pool C upside down.

The unseeded Cavs then advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time, after defeating Si-Tanka Huron (SD) in three straight games (30-19, 30-22, 30-22) on Thursday. The win improved the Cavs to 3-0 in pool play. Kristin Readence continued her outstanding play with 18 kills, while posting a .548 attack percentage. Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA) added 12 kills and 11 digs and Lauren Collins chipped in with 10 kills. Lindsey Wilt continued her superb play with 42 assists and 16 digs. Walsh has won its last 19 matches. The Cavs came out flat in the final pool play match on Friday and lost to Biola in five games. After dropping the first two games (21-30 and 28-30) Walsh rallied to win games three (31-29) and four (30-19) to force a decisive game five. Biola, which needed a win to force a playoff to reach the Elite Eight, regrouped to edge the Cavs 27-25 in the fifth game. Ruth Kucklick paced the Cavs with 22 kills. Kristen Readence and Lauren Collins each had 21 kills. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 75 assists and Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS) had 30 digs.

Late Friday night fourth seeded Dordt College (Iowa) proved to be too much for the Cavs and swept them in three games to end their magical season in the quarterfinals. Dordt advanced to Saturday's semifinals after sweeping the Cavs 27-30, 25-30, 26-30. Dordt then lost to eventual national champion Fresno Pacific in three games. The loss, which followed the Cavs defeat earlier in the day in their final pool play match, marked the first time that they had lost two straight matches this season. Ruth Kucklick played her finest match of the tournament posting a match high 22 kills. Lindsey Wilt dished out 38 assists in her final collegiate match.

Kristen Readence was named to the All-Tournament team. Readence led the tourney in hitting percentage (.424), was fourth in blocks (1.39) and 13th with 77 kills. Lindsey Wilt finished fifth in assists (13.83) and was sixth in digs (4.06). The Cavs lose Readence, Wilt, Olivia Roston, Kara Kaiser (Sr., Maumee, OH/Holland Springfield) and Rose Pope (Sr., Amherst, OH/Amherst Steele) to graduation. This quintet made three consecutive trips to the National Tournament and did not lose an American Mideast Conference match in their last two years. They won 131 matches and lost only 30, with 16 of those losses coming their freshman season. They posted a .814 winning percentage.

Saturday, December 6, 2003

Dordt College Ends Cavs Season in NAIA Quarterfinal

The Cinderella run for the Cavs has come to an end. Dordt College (Iowa) swept Walsh (37-5) in three games to end the Cavs' season in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Volleyball championships in San Diego, California late last night. Dordt (37-5) advances to Saturday's semifinals after sweeping the Cavs 27-30, 25-30, 26-30. Dordt will meet Fresno Pacific, who upset NAIA No. 1 ranked National American. The loss follows the Cavs defeat earlier in the day in their final pool play match (Biola) and marks their first two-game losing streak of the season.

Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) played her finest match of the tournament posting a match high 22 kills. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 38 assists to go with 16 digs in her final collegiate match.

Walsh's trip to the Elite Eight was the first in school history.

Friday, December 5, 2003

Cavs Rally Falls Short, Lose in Five Games to Biola/Face Dordt College (IA) in Quarterfinal Matchup Late Tonight

Walsh (37-4) lost its first game at the NAIA Volleyball Championships, dropping its final pool play match in five games to Biola (Calif.). The loss stopped the Cavs 19 match win streak. Walsh concludes pool play as the top team in Pool C and play a quarterfinal match at 11:15 p.m. (Ohio time) tonight. The Cavs will meet Dordt College (IA), who finished 2-2 in pool play. Dordt lost to Madonna (MI) in five games earlier today. They were the Region IV runners-up and earned an at-large berth to the tourney. Their record is 35-6. Dordt and the Cavs are meeting for the first time. The Cavs have not lost two matches in a row all season.

Walsh rallied after dropping the first two games 21-30 and 28-30, by winning 31-29, 30-19 to force a decisive game five. Biola, which needed a win to force a playoff to reach the Elite Eight, regrouped to edge the Cavs 27-25 in the fifth game. Biola plays St. Mary to determine Pool C's second qualifying team. Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) paced the Cavs with 22 kills. Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) and Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) each had 21 kills. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 75 assists and Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS) had 30 digs.

Friday, December 5, 2003

Brennan, Kaiser, Pope and Readence Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

The NAIA Has selected four Walsh University volleyball players as Daktronics Scholar-Athletes. Tonia Brennan (Jr., Madison, OH/HS), Kara Kaiser (Sr., Maumee, OH/Holland Springfield), Rose Pope (Sr., Amherst, OH/Amherst Steele) and Kristin Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) were each accorded scholar-athlete accolades. Brennan is a psychology major and carries a 3.73 grade point average (GPA). Kaiser is a biology major and has a 3.63 GPA. Pope is a psychology major and has a 3.66 GPA and Readence is a biology major and has a 3.82 GPA. Readence and Kaiser were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes last year.

Friday, December 5, 2003

Cavs (37-3) Gettiing Ready For Elite Eight

Unseeded Walsh (37-3) is having a ball as they prepare for their final pool play match at 12 p.m. (Ohio time) today with Biola at the NAIA Volleyball Championships in San Diego, California. The Cavs enter the match knowing that they will play tonight in a quarterfinal match at either 9 p.m (Ohio time) or 11:15 p.m. (Ohio time). Walsh has been the Cinderella of the tournament, sporting a 3-0 record with upsets of third seeded St. Mary's and sixth seeded Houston Baptist. The Cavs carry a win streak of 19 into today's final pool play match.

The Cavs are virtually dominating the tournament statistically. The Cavs are first in kills (43.5 per game), first in assists (39.0 per game), second in blocks (6.25 per game), service aces (5.25 per game), and digs (48.75 per game). Individually, Kristin Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Pauda Franciscan) bottom right and Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) top right are having outstanding tournaments. Readence is leader in attack percentage (.471) and kills (5.00 per game) and is second in blocks (1.50 per game). Wilt, the two-time American Mideast Conference Player of the Year, is fourth in assists (13.60 per game) and digs (.450 per game).

Results from both matches today will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Thursday, December 4, 2003

Cavs (37-3) Advance to Elite Eight For First Time

Unseeded Walsh (37-3) has advanced to the Elite Eight of the NAIA Volleyball Championships for ther first time, after defeating Si-Tanka Huron in three straight games (30-19, 30-22, 30-22) today. The win improved the Cavs to 3-0 in pool play. Walsh has one pool play match remaining, as they play Biola at 12 noon, Ohio time tomorrow. Quarterfinal play begins tommorow night at 9 p.m. Ohio time.

Kristin Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) contiuned her outstanding play with 18 kills. Readence posted a .548 attack percentage. Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA) added 12 kills and 11 digs and Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) chipped in with 10 kills. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) continued her superb play with 42 assists and 16 digs. Walsh has won its last 19 matches.

Thursday, December 4, 2003

Cavs (36-3) Upset Houston Baptist in First NAIA Tourney Match, Stun St. Mary in Late Match

Unseeded Walsh (36-3) has grabbed everyone's attention at the NAIA Volleyball Championships in San Diego, California. After upsetting sixth seeded Houston Baptist in their opening match, the Cavs preceded to stun third seeded St. Mary College (Neb.) in three games late last night. The Cavs have turned Pool C upside down with the two wins, in this, their best start ever at the national tournament. Pool play continues for the Cavs at 6:45 p.m., Ohio time, against Si-Tanka Huron, who upset St. Mary in their first match yesterday. This is the Cavs only match today. Si-Tanka Huron then lost to Biola in their second match yesterday. Si-Tanka Huron is 1-1 in pool play, Biola is 1-0, Houston Baptist is 0-1 and St. Mary is 0-2. With two pool play matches left for the Cavs, one more win would advance them into the Elite Eight for the first time.

After a tight first game in which the Cavs won 31-29 over St. Mary, the Cavs won game two 30-20 and game three going away 30-15. Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick) and Kristin Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) paced the Cavs with 14 and 13 kills respectively. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) top right had a triple-double with 36 assists, 11 kills and 17 digs. Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS) bottom right also had 15 digs.

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Cavs (35-3) Upset Houston Baptist in First NAIA Tourney Match/Meet St. Mary at 10:30 (Ohio time) Tonight

Unseeded Walsh won its 17th straight match, upsetting sixth seeded Houston Baptist (36-6) in their first match at the NAIA National Championships in San Diego, California. The Cavs won three games to one, 30-23, 28-30, 30-21, 32-30. Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) led the Cavs with 21 kills. Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) added 19 kills and Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) recorded 16 kills and 18 digs. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Galion, OH/Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 58 assists.

The Cavs play their second match tonight at 10:30, Ohio time, against third seeded College of Saint Mary (36-2), who lost their first match to Si-Tanka Huron earlier today.

Monday, December 1, 2003

Cavs (34-3, 16-0) Meet Houston Baptist First in Bid For NAIA National Crown

NAIA 15th ranked Walsh (34-3) battles Houston Baptist (TX) (36-5) in their first pool play match at the NAIA Volleyball Championships at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California on Wednesday, December 3 at 2:15 (EST). Seedings and pool announcements for the 20 qualifying teams were announced last week. Walsh is in pool "C" and play two matches on Wednesday and one each on Thursday and Friday. The Cavs carry a 16-match win streak into the national tournament and are making their third consecutive trip to the championships.

Walsh meets Region VI champion Houston Baptist in their initial pool play match. The Huskies enter the tournament 36-5 and are seeded sixth. They are making their second straight trip to the tournament and third overall. Walsh plays its second match against the College of St. Mary (NE) at 10:30 p.m., Ohio time, on Wednesday. Third seeded St. Mary won the Region IV championship with a record of 36-1. They are making their 5th trip to nationals and first since 2001. Walsh meets Region III runner-up, Si-Tanka-Huron (SD), formerly Huron College at 6:45 p.m., Ohio time, on Thursday. The Screaming Eagles enter the tournament 25-8 and are making their first appearance. Walsh's final pool play match is with wild card team Biola (CA) on Friday at 12 p.m. Ohio time. Biola, one of two teams to receive a wild card berth, enter the tournament 29-6 and are making their sixth national tournament appearance, but first since 1998.

The Cavs are 3-5 in national tournament play. They won their first match last season, and then dropped the next three. The Cavs have yet to advance from pool play. They went 2-2 in 2001, but lost a playoff to Georgetown (KY). Eight teams from the 20-team tournament advance to the quarterfinals on Friday at 9 and 11 p.m. Ohio time. The semifinals are Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Ohio time, with the championship match 10:30 p.m. Ohio time.

Results from each match will be posted on the Cavs website.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Cavs (34-3, 16-0) Capture NAIA Region IX Championship For Third Straight Year/Head To California For NAIA National's

NAIA 15th ranked Walsh improved to 34-3 and claimed its third straight NAIA National Tournament appearance after defeating Cedarville University and Daemen College to capture its third straight NAIA Region lX championship. The Cavs will now pack their bags for Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California and the NAIA National Championships that begin December 3. Seedings and pool announcements for the 20 qualifying teams will be announced today at 5 p.m. (CST). The Cavs will carry a 16-match win streak into the national tournament.

Walsh reached the title game after defeating Cedarville 30-20, 30-23, 30-26 in the regional semifinal. NAIA Player of the Year Lindsay Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) top right and Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) paced the Cavs to their 15th straight match win. Wilt dished out 38 assists, while Kucklick put the ball down 18 times and had 16 digs. Tonia Brennen (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) paced the Cavs with seven blocks. The Cavs then swept Daemen College (29-11) in the championship match 30-21, 30-16, 30-24. Lindsey Wilt dished out 29 assists and had 10 digs along with Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS) bottom right. Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) and Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) each had 11 kills and Tonia Brennan recorded five blocks.

Saturday, Novmeber 22, 2003

California Here We Come

NAIA No. 14 Walsh (34-3) will make its third straight trip to the NAIA National Volleyball Championships after defeating Daemen College (29-11) in the championship match of the NAIA Region lX tournament. The Cavs downed the Warriors 30-21, 30-16, 30-24 to win its third straight regional crown. The Cavs will travel to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California and compete for a national championship December 3-6. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) top right dished out 29 assists and had 10 digs along with Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS) bottom right. Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) and Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) each had 11 kills and Tonia Brennan (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) recorded five blocks.

The Cavs will carry a 16-match win streak into the national tournament.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Cavs Sweep Cedarville, Advance to NAIA Regional Final vs. Daemen

NAIA No. 14 Walsh (33-3) is one win away from their third straight trip to the NAIA National Championships, after defeating Cedarville (31-14) 30-20, 30-23, 30-26 in the NAIA Regional semifinal at Daemen earlier this afternoon. The Cavs meet host Daemen for the NAIA Region lX championship at 6 p.m. tonight. NAIA Player of the Year, Lindsay Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) top right and Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) paced the Cavs to their 15th straight match win. Wilt dished out 38 assists, while Kucklick put the ball down 18 times and had 16 digs. Tonia Brennen (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) paced the Cavs with seven blocks.

Daemen (29-10) advanced to the regional final after defeating Mount Vernon Nazarene. Walsh and Daemen are meeting for the first time this season. Daemen won the North Division regular season championship in the American Mideast Conference.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Cavs 14th in Final NAIA Top 25

Walsh jumped one spot to 14th in the final NAIA top 25 poll. The Cavs had been number 15 for three consecutive weeks. This week, Walsh (32-3) is the top seed for the NAIA Region lX Tournament at Daemen College (NY). The winner advances to the NAIA National Tournament at Pt. Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California (12-3/6). The Cavs are looking for their third consecutive trip. Walsh enters the region tournament on a 14-match win streak and plays Cedarville (31-13) at noon on Saturday. The winner advances to the championship match at 6 p.m.

Monday, November 17, 2003

(32-3, 16-0) Cavs Sweep Weekend Action/Claim AMC Tourney Crown

NAIA 15th ranked Walsh improved to 32-3 and claimed its third straight American Mideast Conference Tournament championship after defeating Shawnee State, Mount Vernon Nazarene and Cedarville over the weekend at the PE Center. Walsh downed Shawnee State (30-22, 30-12, 30-20) on Friday night, Mount Vernon Nazarene (30-23, 31-29, 30-13) in the conference semi-final and Cedarville in three straight games (30-22, 30-21, 30-24) to clinch the crown Saturday evening. This week, the Cavs travel to Daemen College (NY) for the NAIA Region lX Tournament. The Cavs have won the tourney the last two years and a third straight trip to the NAIA Championships are on the line. Walsh will again tangle with Cedarville (31-13) on Saturday at noon. The winner advances to the championship match at 6 p.m. that night.

NAIA Player of the Year, Lindsay Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) top right dished out 90 assists against Mount Vernon Nazarene (44) and Cedarville (46). She also had 19 digs against the Yellow Jackets in the title match. Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) totaled 29 kills against Mount Vernon Nazarene (13) and Cedarville (16). Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) bottom right recorded eight blocks in the semi-final and title match. The Cavs will carry a 14-match win streak into the region tournament.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Cavs Win AMC Tournament Championship

NAIA 15th ranked and top-seeded Walsh (32-3) defeated Mount Vernon Nazarene and Cedarville University to repeat and win the American Mideast Conference Tournament championship at Walsh today. The Cavs defeated Mount Vernon 30-23, 31-29 30-13 and downed Cedarville in the title match 30-22, 30-21, 30-24. Walsh will be the top seed at the NAIA Region lX Tournament at Daemen College (NY) next Friday and Saturday. The winner will advance to the NAIA National Tournament in San Diego, California.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Cavs After to AMC Semifinals

NAIA 15th ranked and top-seeded Walsh (30-3) advanced to the American Mideast Conference Semifinals after defeating Shawnee State University 30-22, 30-12 and 30-20. Walsh will play Mount Vernon Nazarene University (34-8) at 2 p.m. tomorrow in one semifinal match. The Cavs beat the Cougars twice in the regular season. Malone (28-7) meets Cedarville (30-12) at noon in the other semifinal match. The championship match is set for 6 p.m.

AMC Setter and Player of the Year Linsdey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) led the Cavs with 40 assists against the Bears. Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) pounded 13 kills. Wilt and Jamie Herr (Fr., Attica, OH/Seneca East) had four aces, Tonia Brennen (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) had seven blocks and Herr also had 12 digs.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Wilt Repeats as AMC South Player of the Year/Dixon Coach of the Year

Walsh University's Lindsay Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) top right has repeated as American Mideast Conference Setter and Player of the Year. Wilt, who led the AMC in assists (12.81) this past season, has been tabbed the AMC's top setter for three consecutive years. For Head Coach Cass Dixon, she earned AMC Coach of the Year accolades for the second straight year. Dixon (165-41, 5th yr.) led the Cavs to their second straight unbeaten AMC regular season (16-0) and a 29-3 overall record. Dixon has guided the Cavs to back-to-back Region lX championships and consecutive NAIA national tournament appearances. The NAIA 15th ranked Cavs are the top seed for the American Mideast Conference Tournament, which begins today at Walsh.

Joining Wilt on the first team are teammates Kristen Readence (Middle Hitter, Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) bottom right and Ruth Kucklick (Outside Hitter, Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS). Lauren Collins (Outside Hitter, Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) earned second team honors. Readence, who earned first team honors for the third straight year, finished third in the AMC in attack percentage (.388). She had 321 kills. Kucklick, who earned second team honors last year, is on the first team for the first team. Kucklick averaged 3.63 kills per game and led the Cavs with 359 kills. Collins, a first team choice last year, finished second to Kucklick with 322 kills. She led the team with 3.82 kills per game.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Cavs 15th Again in NAIA Poll/Wilt Setter of the Week

Walsh (29-3) is again ranked 15th in the latest NAIA top 25. The Cavs have held the number 15 spot in the last three rankings. The American Mideast Conference South champion Cavs will host the AMC Conference tournament on Friday and Saturday. Walsh plays its first match at 7 p.m. on Friday against the winner of the Shawnee State/Geneva match.

Setter Lindsay Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) has been selected AMC Setter of the Week for games played last week. Wilt averaged 12.67 assists while leading Walsh to four three-game sweeps and the AMC South Division title. She added 50 digs and 31 kills for the Cavaliers, who went a perfect 16-0 in the division for the second straight year. Wilt has earned player of the week honors four times this season.

Monday, November 10, 2003

(29-3, 16-0) Cavs Sweep Weekend Action/Claim 2nd Straight Regular Season AMC South Crown/Host AMC Tourney on Friday

NAIA 15th ranked Walsh improved to 29-3 and claimed its second straight American Mideast Conference South Division regular season title after defeating Cedarville, Shawnee State and Ohio Dominican this weekend at the PE Center. Walsh clinched the crown after downing Cedarville in three straight games (30-28, 30-16, 30-19) on Friday night. The Cavs then ran the table in the AMC South for the second straight season on Saturday, blanking Shawnee State (30-18, 30-28, 30-18) and Ohio Dominican (30-7, 31-29, 30-24). The Cavs have gone 16-0 in the AMC South the last two years and have won their last 35 regular season conference matches. Walsh is now set to host the 12-team American Mideast Conference tournament this Friday and Saturday at the PE Center. Walsh will play its first match at 7 p.m. on Friday night. Play begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday. The semi-final match is set for 2 p.m on Saturday, with the championship match scheduled for a 6 p.m start.

The Cavs opened the week with a three-game sweep at Geneva on Tuesday. The Cavs stopped the Golden Tornadoes 33-13, 30-16 and 30-15. Jamie Herr (Fr., Attica, OH/Seneca East) led the Cavs with 14 kills and 17 digs. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 37 assists and Tonia Brennan (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) had four blocks.

Lindsey Wilt dished out 115 assists in the three weekend matches. She dolled out 40 in the win over Cedarville. Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA) put the ball down 13 times against Shawnee State and 12 times in the win over Ohio Dominican. Tonia Brennan recorded 10 blocks against Shawnee State and Ohio Dominican. Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) had six blocks against Cedarville and Jamie Herr had 18 digs against Cedarville and 15 against Shawnee State. Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS) also had 15 digs in the Shawnee State match.

Walsh enters the AMC Tournament on an 11-match win streak. The Cavs, Cedarville, AMC North champion Daemen and Seton Hill all receive byes and play their first match at 5/7 p.m. on Friday in the single elimination tournament. Daemen will host the five-team NAIA Region lX Tournament next weekend.

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Cavs Sweep Weekend Action/Claim 2nd Straight Regular Season AMC South Crown

NAIA 15th ranked Walsh improved to 29-3 and claimed its second straight American Mideast Conference South Division regular season title after defeating Cedarville, Shawnee State and Ohio Dominican this weekend at the PE Center. Walsh clinched the crown after downing Cedarville in three straight games (30-28, 30-16, 30-19) on Friday night. The Cavs then ran the table in the AMC South for the second straight season on Saturday, blanking Shawnee State (30-18, 30-28, 30-18) and Ohio Dominican (30-7, 31-29, 30-24). The Cavs have gone 16-0 in the AMC South the last two years and have won their last 35 regular season conference matches.

Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 115 assists in the three matches. She dolled out 40 in the win over Cedarville. Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA) put the ball down 13 times against Shawnee State and 12 times in the win over Ohio Domincian. Tonia Brennan (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) recorded 10 blocks against Shawnee State and Ohio Dominican. Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) had six blocks against Cedarville. Jamie Herr (Fr., Attica, OH/Seneca East) had 18 digs against Cedarville and 15 against Shawnee State. Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS) also had 15 digs in the Shawnee State match.

Walsh will host the American Mideast Conference Tournament next Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Cavs Best Geneva in Three/Win Eighth Straight Match

NAIA 15th ranked Walsh improved to 26-3 on the season after downing Geneva College in three straight games last night. The Cavs stopped the Golden Tornadoes 33-13, 30-16 and 30-15. Jamie Herr (Fr., Attica, OH/Seneca East) led the Cavs with 14 kills and 17 digs. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) dished out 37 assists and Tonia Brennan (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) had four blocks.

Walsh (13-0) can clinch the American Mideast Conference South Division regular season championship with their next AMC South win. Walsh hosts Cedarville (12-2, AMC) at 7 p.m on Friday night. If the Cavs defeat the second place Yellow Jackets, they will clinch the regular season crown for the second straight year. Walsh needs one win, or one Cedarville loss.

Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Cavs Remain 15th in NAIA

Walsh (25-3) remained 15th for the second straight week in the NAIA's latest top 25 rankings. The Cavs have won their last seven matches and play at Geneva College tonight at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 2003

Cavs Roll Over Baldwin Wallace and Cornerstone in Three

NAIA 15th ranked Walsh improved to 25-3 on the season after defeating Baldwin Wallace College and NAIA 16th ranked Cornerstone in a tri-match at B-W today. The Cavs bounced Baldwin Wallace 30-26, 30-24 and 30-22 and knocked off Cornerstone University (MI) 30-20, 30-26, 30-20. The Cavs have won their last seven matches.

Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) top right combined for 96 assists in the two matches, with 49 coming in the win over Baldwin Wallace. She also had 21 digs in the B-W win. Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) bottom right led the Cavs with 18 kills against the Yellow Jackets and Tonia Brennan (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) had five blocks. Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) paced the Cavs with 16 kills in the Cornerstone win. Olivia Roston (Sr., Galion, OH/HS0 had 14 digs and Kristen Readence (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) recorded four blocks.

Walsh is at Geneva for a non league contest on Tuesday, then close the regular season at home next Friday and Saturday. The Cavs host AMC South foe Cedarville on Friday night and meet Shawnee State and Ohio Dominican in an AMC South tri-match on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Cavs 15th in Latest NAIA Poll/Sweep Malone For Second Time

Despite winning their last four matches and winning their only match last week, Walsh fell one notch to 15th in the latest NAIA Top 25 rankings. The Cavs flipped-flopped places with Doane College (19-7).

Walsh (23-3, 13-0) then swept Malone (25-6, 9-5) in an American Mideast Conference South Division match at the PE Center last night. The win was the fifth straight for the Cavs. Walsh downed the Pioneers 30-16, 30-26, 30-24. The win completed a season sweep for the Cavs over Malone and kept the Cavs unbeaten and in first place in the AMC South. Lindsey Wilt (Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion) led the Cavs with 40 assists, Lauren Collins (Jr., Brunswick, OH/HS) added 14 kills, Ruth Kucklick (Jr., Los Gatos, CA/HS) 17 digs and Tonia Brennan (Jr., Madison, OH/HS) four blocks.

The Cavs travel to Baldwin Wallace for a tri-match with Cornerstone on Saturday. Walsh meets the Yellow Jackets at 12 p.m. and battle NAIA 16th ranked Cornerstone at 3 p.m.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Cavs (22-3, 12-0) Remain Unbeaten in AMC South/Host Malone Tuesday

NAIA 14th ranked Walsh (22-3, 12-0) remained unbeaten in the South Division of the American Mideast Conference after downing Mount Vernon Nazarene in three straight games last Tuesday. Walsh won game one 30-17, game two 30-27 and game three 30-27. The Cavs rallied from a 17-11 deficit in game two and held off MVNU in game three after leading 25-16. The Cavs have won their last four matches.

Walsh and Malone (25-5, 9-4) meet for the second time this season on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Walsh's Physical Education Center. Walsh swept the Pioneers at Malone on October 7th. The Cavs lead the all-time series 34-17 and have won the last four meetings. On Saturday, the Cavs travel to Baldwin Wallace for a tri-match with Cornerstone. The Cavs meet the Yellow Jackets at 12 p.m. and battle NAIA 17th ranked Cornerstone at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Cavs Sweep Mount Vernon Nazarene

Walsh remained unbeaten in the South Division of the American Mideast Conference after sweeping Mount Vernon Nazarene University (25-6, 7-4) at the PE Center tonight. The win was the fourth straight for the Cavs, who improved to 22-3 overall and 12-0 in the AMC South. Walsh won game one 30-17, game two 30-27 and game three 30-27. The Cavs rallied from a 17-11 deficit in game two and held off MVNU in the game three afiter leading 25-16.

The NAIA 14th ranked Cavs are idle until next Tuesday, when they host Malone at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Cavs Remain 14th in Latest NAIA Top 25 Poll

Walsh (21-3, 11-0) remained 14th in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll. The Cavs have won their last three matches and 15 of their last 18 matches. Walsh is home to Mount Vernon Nazarene for an American Mideast Conference match at 7 p.m. tonight

Monday, October 20, 2003

Tuesday, October 21 ,2003

Lindsey Wilt American Mideast Conference Setter of the Week

AMC Players of the Week
(October 12-18)

Carrie Mason, Mount Vernon Nazarene (player)
Lindsey Wilt, Walsh (setter)

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Mount Vernon Nazarene middle hitter Carrie Mason (Fredericktown, OH) and Walsh setter Lindsey Wilt (Bucyrus, OH) have been named the AMC Players of the Week in women's volleyball. This is the third time that Wilt has been honored as a player of the week.

Wilt, a 5-6 senior, averaged 14.67 assists per game as NAIA No. 14 Walsh knocked off three AMC South Division opponents. She also contributed 21 digs, 13 kills, four aces, and three blocks. Wilt leads the AMC in assists, averaging 12.29.

Walsh, 21-3 overall and 11-0 in the South Division of the AMC, host Mount Vernon Nazarene at 7 p.m. tonight.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Cavs Strengthen Lead in AMC South With Three More Wins

NAIA 14th ranked Walsh (21-3, 11-0) strengthen its hold on first place in the South Division of the American Mideast Conference last week with wins over Tiffin, Urbana and Rio Grande. The Cavs remain the only undefeated team in AMC. They swept each Tiffin, Urbana and Rio Grande in three games. Walsh has five AMC matches remaining in the regular season. This week the Cavs play only once, at home against Mount Vernon Nazarene (25-5, 7-3) at 7 p.m. The Cougars are tied for third place in the A