10/17/2012 – The women's volleyball team halted Northwestern Ohio's 22 game winning streak tonight at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. The upset minded Saints won their eighth in a row and improved to 12-11 overall and to 5-3 in league play. Meanwhile the Racers suffered their first conference loss (7-1) and are now 26-2 on the season.
The Saints, who are currently tied for sixth in the league standings, used the home crowd to their advantage en route to the four set win. The "Pink Out" game brought out awareness for breast cancer and unified an energetic assembly of students, parents and Aquinas supporters.
The Saints took control of the match early and kept the Racers on their heels most of the match. A first set win by Aquinas (25-17) immediately ignited the crowd. The Racers narrowly escaped set two by the count of 26-24. The Saints willed themselves the rest of the way and captured the final two sets (25-19 and 27-25).
The Saints were led by Elle Sturgell's 16 kills and four block assists. The offense effectively ran through Nicci Thomas who was credited with 42 assists. Rachel Sprenger led the team in digs with 16, while Jen VanCuren recorded two solo and two assisted blocks.
Coach Vander Meer states, "The win over Northwestern Ohio gives this young Saints squad some renewed confidence. The fact that we can play with and defeat one of the top teams in the league shows how this team is progressing. We are now finding ways to win the close matches."
The Saints will take their eight game winning streak on the road to Calumet College of St. Joseph to play four matches over the weekend.