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Chargers Honor Seniors, Polish Off Perfect Conference Regular Season

Chargers Honor Seniors, Polish Off Perfect Conference Regular Season

Box Score

As statements go, there aren't many that could be stronger than the one made by the Hillsdale College volleyball team Saturday night.

In just 43 minutes, the Chargers swept the G-MAC East Division champion Walsh University Cavaliers 3-0 in the regular season finale at the Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena.

The win finishes off a perfect conference regular season for Hillsdale, who is 22-6 overall and 19-0 in the G-MAC. The Chargers are the #1 overall seed in next week's conference tournament, and open postseason play versus Ursuline at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

This was the most lopsided win for the Chargers in years, who held the Cavaliers to 25 total points in the three-set match. Hillsdale won the sets by scores of 25-8, 25-8 and 25-9. A breakdown of the box score accurately reflects how one-sided this match was.

Hillsdale had a team hitting percentage of .478 in the match, a season-best. The team racked up 37 kills against just five hitting errors. Walsh had a team hitting percentage of -.096, picking up 18 kills as a team versus 26 hitting errors. The Chargers hit .571, .400 and .462 in each of the three sets. The Cavs had a negative team hitting percentage in all three sets.

Many of the Cavs' hitting errors came as a result of a dominant block put forth by Hillsdale. Led by six block assists by junior Hannah Gates, Hillsdale had 9.0 blocks as a team compared to 2.0 for Walsh.

The serving game also heavily favored the Chargers, who had nine service aces – four coming from sophomore setter Lindsey Mertz.

Before the match, Hillsdale's extraordinary senior class was recognized in a ceremony. Paige VanderWall (9 kills, 4 digs), Taylor Bennett (3 digs) and Kara Vyletel (9 kills, 1 block assist) all played sharp for Hillsdale.

Freshman Karoline Shelton has been coming on strong and had 8 kills, 6 digs and 2 block assists. Sophomore middle hitter Allyssa Van Wienen had 7 kills, 3 digs, a solo block and 2 block assists.

Mertz handed out 31 assists and had 3 digs and 3 block assists. Junior libero Taylor Wiese was locked in as well, with 10 digs and 2 service aces.

PHOTO: Todd Lancaster