ADA, Ohio - Ohio Northern scored early and often in a sweep of the Bluffton University Volleyball Team on Tuesday, Sept. 11, just three days removed from a five-set affair between the close-in-proximity rivals at the Sommer Center Spiketacular. Bluffton dipped to 2-7 on the year, while #20 ONU improved to 7-2.
Down two sets to none and 22-16 in the third, sophomore Chelsey Taylor (Hicksville) took over at the service line and rattled off four consecutive points, including three aces, to pull the visitors within two points at 22-20. A Bethany Martini (Pickerington/North) putaway made it 23-22 Northern, but the Polar Bears finished it off with back-to-back Madi Ellis kills for the three-set sweep.
Martini smacked 11 kills and Erin Weisgarber (Bolivar/Tuscarawas) tallied four without an error in addition to her 24 assists and eight digs. Senior Abby Rohrbach (New Knoxville) and freshman Brooke Kleman (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) picked up 17 and 16 digs, respectively.
Hitting proved to be the difference as ONU drove home 40 winners against just 10 errors, while the Beavers finished with 32 kills and 25 errors.
Bluffton is back in action on Friday, Sept. 14, when the Beavers travel to Louisville, Ky., for a weekend tournament at Spalding University. The first serve against Fontbonne is slated for 7 p.m.