Staff report

Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola had four kills in the fifth set, including the game-winner, to lead the Kent State volleyball team to a 3-2 win over the University of Akron in the Wagon Wheel Challenge on Friday at Rhodes Arena.

The Golden Flashes (7-6, 1-0 MAC) won the first two sets but the Zips (6-6, 0-1) rallied to win the third and fourth sets to force a deciding fifth set. The Flashes won the fifth set 15-9 behind Bridget Wilhelm’s four kills and Aleksandra Nowak’s 10 assists.

Nowak finished with 50 assists, and Hannah Herc had 18 digs to help lead the Flashes to the win in the first part of the Wagon Wheel Challenge. The Flashes host the Zips in the rematch Nov. 2.


Jennifer Ha shot a 2-under-par 70, and the Kent State women’s golf team shot a 6-over-par 294 to stand in third place after the first round of the Nittany Lion Invitational at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.

Ha finished a stroke ahead of teammate Josee Doyon, who carded 1-under-par 71. Ha is a stroke behind individual leader Christina Vosters of Penn State.

Raksha Phadke shot 4-over-par 76 to tie for 26th place, and Erin Hawe and Taylor Kim are each tied for 34th for the Flashes. Kent State freshman Mackenzie DiPietro (Hoover), playing as an individual, shot 6-over-par 78 to tie for 39th.

The No. 23-ranked Golden Flashes trail first-place Yale by 5 strokes entering today’s second round.

The University of Akron, who were led by Frida Fougberg’s 3-over-par 75, is in 12th. Lina Bengtsson is tied for 34th and Sara Chaves, Whitney Graff and Laura Murray are tied for 39th for the Zips.


• Lani Smith scored two goals to lead the University of Akron women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over Miami at FirstEnergy Stadium in Akron on Friday. Smith scored an unassisted goal in the 44th minute and scored off an assist from Sarah Sivic in the 58th minute to give the Zips (4-3-2, 1-0-0) their first MAC win of the season. Goalkeeper Alex Luevano-Harden had three saves.

• The Kent State women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to Central Michigan at Zoeller Field in Kent in the first Mid-American Conference match for both teams. The Golden Flashes (5-4) led the Chippewas (1-7-1) in shots (21-7) and in corner kicks (10-4), but gave up a goal in the 37th minute and could not rally. Senior Jessacca Gironda (Archbishop Hoban) led the Flashes with four shots.