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College sports: KSU volleyball team tops Eastern Illinois

Staff report

• Kent State University won its second of three matches at the Golden Flashes Classic with a 3-1 victory over Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Illinois.

Freshman Bianca Cifaldi and sophomore Bridget Wilhelm each posted career-high kill totals with 18 and 16, respectively.

Aleksandra Nowak set up the Golden Flashes’ (5-6) attack with a season-best 49 assists to go with nine digs and Hannah Herc led the way defensively with a match-high 22 digs.

• The University of Akron split a pair of matches at the St. Francis Tournament in Loretto, Pa.

The Zips defeated St. Francis 3-1 but fell to Youngstown State 1-3.

Alex Cocklin led the Zips in kills with a combined total of 24.

Karley Kusan combined for 41 assists and Jill Paluch totaled 29 digs.


Madison Cohen led the University of Akron at the 17th annual Cissie Leary Invitational as she advanced to the round of 16 in flight B singles.

Cohen defeated Richmond’s Kelsey Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 32 after earning a first-round bye on the strength of winning the flight C singles bracket at the Cornell Invitational last weekend.

She will face Columbia’s Ioana Alecsiu.

Caroline Harpaintner lost 6-3, 2-6, 10-4 to Columbia’s Nada Zaher in the opening round of flight B singles but came back to defeat Drexel’s Mel Reyes 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the consolation bracket.

Cross country

Kent State University competed in the 19th annual Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday afternoon. The women’s team finished fifth overall and the men were 11th in the 20-team field.

Senior Melinda Sawnor paced the women, finishing 14th with a time of 23 minutes, 23.06 seconds in the 6,000-meter run.

Paige Foster (23:37) was 22nd, Rachel Slingluff (23:41) placed 26th and Hannah Fleck (23:56) and Taylor Wickley (24:39) rounded out the scoring for the women.

The men were led by Andrew Goodwin, who finished 37th with a time of 26:33 for the 8,000-meter run.

Julian Meyer (26:46) was 48th, Matt Kahl (27:02) 65th and Jared Fleming (27:04) 66th. Grant Onken clocked 27:43.


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