ELYRIA, Ohio – With the regional championship host site at stake, the Columbus State Cougars and Lorain County Commodores faced off in a conference battle on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars accurate hitting and defense at the net allowed them to prevail with a three set sweep (25-21, 25-12, 25-16) over the Commodores. Columbus State improves to 8-4 in the OCCAC and 12-8 overall.
The Cougars outhit Lorain County 34 to 21 kills, led by Kaitlyn Ahrns' match-high 13 kills at a career-best .500 attack percentage. Morgan Danec had seven successful attacks with no errors and a .412 attack percentage while Hannah Wallace added six kills and an ace. Rachel Ralston tallied four kills along with a career-high two service aces.
Columbus State out-blocked the Commodores 24 to 3, led by Danec's match-high seven blocks, tying her career-best. Ralston blocked a career-best six balls, followed by Allyse Rutter's five, Wallace's four, and a pair from Ahrns.
The game determined the location of the Region XII DIII championship game, which will be hosted by Columbus State on Fri, Oct. 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Next up for the Cougars is a home match against Sinclair Community College on Sat, Oct. 22 at 11:00 a.m.