25th-ranked Muskingum slips in five-set thriller at #15 ONU

25th-ranked Muskingum slips in five-set thriller at #15 ONU

The 25th-ranked Muskingum volleyball team slipped in a five-set thriller at 15th-ranked Ohio Northern on Tuesday, 3-2 (20-25, 25-11, 30-28, 19-25, 9-15). 

The Basics

  • Records: Muskingum (13-2 overall, 0-1 OAC), Ohio Northern (11-3 overall, 1-0 OAC)
  • Location: Ada, Ohio – Ohio Northern University


  • The game marked the start of Ohio Athletic Conference play for both teams.
  • The Muskies have surrendered 11 total sets this season.

How It Happened

  • The Muskies fell in set one (20-25), secured a dominating victory (25-11) in set two, locked in set three (30-28), slipped in set four (19-25), and fell in set five (9-15). 
  • As a team, Muskingum registered 70 kills, 67 assists, 12 total blocks, and 106 digs. 
  • Junior Brooke Fatheree guided the Muskies with 18 kills and 19 digs.
  • Junior Maddie McGee chipped in 14 kills, while junior Kaitlin Goedde-Noble dished out 13. 
  • Junior Brynn Guist led the Muskies with a game-high six total blocks. 
  • Junior Jessica Cottle anchored the Muskie backline with a team-best 36 digs. 
  • Junior Maddie Sikorski recorded 18 digs, while freshman Emma Conrad logged 14. 
  • Junior Erin Dickson tallied a team-high 55 assists. 

Inside The Sets

  • In the first set, the contest remained tight with neither team taking more than a three-point lead early on. Ohio Northern registered four points in a row to slide past the Muskies with a score of 21-17. Muskingum chipped away at the differential, but the Polar Bears continued to control play. Ohio Northern took the final point to secure the set with a score of 25-20.
  • In the second set, the Muskies came out hot and tallied back-to-back points to jump out to an early 11-5 lead over the Polar Bears. Muskingum registered a 9-4 run to expand their lead to 21-10. Ohio Northern fought to close the gap, but Muskingum continued to dominate. The Muskies recorded four straight points to take the set (25-11). 
  • In the third set, the Muskies and Polar Bears battled side by side until Ohio Northern registered an 8-4 run to take the lead with a score of 11-9. The Polar Bears and Muskies traded points until Muskingum secured three unanswered points to claim the 30-28 triumph over Ohio Northern. 
  • The battle continued into the fourth set, until the Polar Bears capitalized on Muskie errors to advance past Muskingum with a score of 15-10. Muskingum attempted to trim the lead, but was unable to halt Ohio Northern's momentum. The Polar Bears claimed the set with a score of 25-19. 
  • In set five, Ohio Northern locked in six straight points to jump out to an early 6-1 lead over the Muskies. Muskingum fought back with three consecutive points to get within two-points (6-4) of the Polar Bears. The Muskies continued to battle, but Ohio Northern recorded the final two points to take the set with a score of 15-9.

Up Next

  • Muskingum next hosts 18th-ranked Transylvania on Sunday, September 29 in the Anne C. Steele Center. Start time is slated for 12:00 p.m.