November 4, 2012

Mount St. Joseph Earns 12th HCAC Volleyball Tournament Title

Box Score

CINCINNATI, OH – The College of Mount St. Joseph volleyball team turned in an impressive performance and swept No. 2 seed Transylvania, 26-24, 25-19, 29-27, on Sunday afternoon to claim the school's 12th Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament title.  The top-seeded Lions (14-14) will advance to the NCAA Division III tournament by virtue of claiming the conference's automatic bid.

Against the Pioneers, junior Bethani Ritter (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) led the way with 11 kills and four digs.  Junior Nicole Sherpensky (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) added 11 kills and a .233 hitting percentage in the title match.

Junior Hannah Vanarsdall (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) added nine kills and nine digs, while Janelle Davis (Convoy, Ohio/Wayne Trace) contributed 31 assists and eight digs in the conference championship match.

Mount advanced to Sunday's championship match by defeating No. 4 seed Defiance College 3-0 in the semifinals.

Sherpensky was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after strong performances throughout the weekend.  Joining her on the All-Tournament Team from the Lions was Hannah Vanarsdall and Michelle Woods (Ft. Wright, Ky./Newport Central Catholic)

The remaining members of the all-tournament team consisted of Transylvania's Meghan Bowers (Louisville, Ky./Presentation) and Allegra Guerrettaz (Indianapolis, Ind./Speedway), Defiance's Alexis Pierce (Wauseon, Ohio/H.S.) and Rose-Hulman's Sarah Jensen (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley NW).

Mount St. Joseph will take part in regional play on November 9-11. The Lions will find out their site and opponent Monday morning when the NCAA releases their brackets. The finals will be held November 15-17 at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Mount St. Joseph Head Coach Jon Bennett

2012 HCAC All-Tournament Team                       

Nicole Sherpensky, Mount St. Joseph (MVP)

Michelle Woods, Mount St. Joseph

Hannah Vanarsdall, Mount St. Joseph

Meghan Bowers, Transylvania

Allegra Guerrettaz, Transylvania

Alexis Pierce, Defiance

Sarah Jensen, Rose-Hulman