No. 3 Columbus State Upsets DII Edison In Sweep

Audrey Jenkins (L) and Whitney Staggs (R) stuff Edison with one of the team's 11 total blocks.
Audrey Jenkins (L) and Whitney Staggs (R) stuff Edison with one of the team's 11 total blocks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of the largest attendance this season, the No. 3 Cougars swept the Edison Chargers in an upset win on Wednesday evening in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center. Columbus State downed Edison 25-12, 25-12, 25-16.

The Cougars hit .294 (34 kills – 9 errors – 85 attempts) while putting up 11 total blocks.

A coordinated, balanced attack led to the victory. Bobby Diamond and Georgia Payne each had eight kills while Tanya Yeauger registered seven kills. NJCAA Player of the Week Edan Jones recorded five kills on five errorless swings for a perfect attack.

Payne and Audrey Jenkins ran the offense with a combined 33 assists while Megan Mechlin led the defense with 10 digs. Jones was right behind her with nine while Jenkins and Samantha Dunn contributed eight apiece in the effort.

Columbus State improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 OCCAC. The Chargers, who were receiving votes in the national poll, fall to 9-1 and 2-1 in league play.

Head Coach Jill Yocum couldn't be more thrilled with her team. "I am so proud of these girls," she exclaimed. "They are so selfless and hard-working. It was great to see it all come together tonight. Go Cougars!"

The Cougars face a tough schedule this weekend. On Friday, the travel to Elyria to play Lorain County followed by Saturday's quad match, where they face No. 2 Owens, Schoolcraft, and the College of DuPage.

Key Statistics

-The Cougars are now in the top-ten in the nation in four statistical categories:

No. 1 Blocks Per Set (2.97)

No. 4 Attack Percentage (.299)

No. 8 Assists Per Set (10.13)

No. 9 in Kills Per Set (10.77)