HILLSDALE, Mich. – Playing one of the most competitive and well-played volleyball matches in the history of Jesse Philips Arena, Hillsdale advanced to its first Midwest Regional final thanks to a 3-0 win against Northern Kentucky on Saturday night. The Chargers, 29-2 overall, now face Indianapolis for the regional championship.
Hillsdale won by scores of 26-24, 25-21 and 25-18. The exclamation point in the match was provided by GLIAC MVP Ashlee Crowder as Hillsdale overcame eight service errors in the first set by hitting .440, and rallying for a 26-24 win to get up 1-0 in the match.
The Chargers hit .396 as a team, with 48 kills and only six errors the entire match. Through the first two sets, Crowder had a total of six kills. But she took over in the third set, delivering nine kills to finish with a team-high 15 for the match.
Sophomore Caitlin Kopmeyer and junior Lauren Grover had nine kills apiece, and had just one hitting error between them.
Senior Apryl Schmucker was a big part of the defensive effort for Hillsdale, and she had three kills, 39 assists and seven digs.
Senior Morgan Podkul also came up with some crowd-raising digs, leading the team with 17 in the match.
The Greyhounds, the champions of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, have now eliminated the Chargers from the postseason in three of the past five years (also 2007, 2009 and 2010).