FINAL SCORE: #2 Rochester College 3, #5 Berea College 0
FIRST SET: 25-17 | SECOND SET: 25-16 |THIRD SET: 25-14
LOCATION: Dana Hall, SUNY Canton
TOURNAMENT RECORDS: Rochester College 3-2, Berea College 2-3
ON THE COURT: In the first quarterfinal matchup at Dana Hall, #2 Rochester College defeated #5 Berea College in three straight sets (best of five), 3-0 (25-17, 25-16,25-14), to advance to the semi-finals of the 2014 USCAA Volleyball National Championship.
In each of the three sets, the Warriors used dominant offense and key runs to put away the Mountaineers of Berea College. The Warriors started the first set by going up 9-3, however, the Mountaineers countered with a 10-4 run of their own to tie the set at 13 each and forcing a Rochester timeout. Using a .148 attacking percentage, Rochester was able to put together an 8-2 run following the timeout to create enough separation to take the first set.
The efficiency of Rochester's offense increased in the second set as they had 12 kills on 27 total attacks with only two errors for a .370 attacking percentage. With Rochester College leading 8-6, the Warriors went on a 9-5 run to go up 17-11. A lead in which they would not give up.
Errors proved costly to the Mountaineers in the third set. They committed eight errors on the set which helped propel the Warriors to a set changing 11-3 run. A run that turned a 10-8 game into a 21-11 game. Rochester College would go on to win the set, 25-14, and the match, 3-0.
- First Team All-American, Paige TenBrink, had a game-high 11 kills for Rochester College. She also added 8 digs
- Freshman, Lexus Medina, finished with 10 kills on 22 total attacks for Rochester College
- Berea College was led by sophomore, Taylor Ashworth, with 6 kills and 5 digs
- Berea College committed 29 errors compared to 11 Rochester College errors
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Lexus Medina, Rochester College
NEXT UP: With the win, #2 Rochester College moves onto the semi-finals of the 2014 USCAA Volleyball National Championship to face the winner of #4 SUNY Canton/#9 Carlow University quarterfinal matchup Saturday morning at 10am at the Convention, Athletics, Recreation Center (CARC). Berea College ends their season with a record of 14-13 and a 2-3 record at this year's National Championship.