Starting a stretch of nine consecutive road/neutral-site matches to start the month of October, Ashland University's volleyball team topped Northwood away from home on Friday (Oct. 5) night, 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-22).
The Eagles maintain their three-match lead in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division at 16-3 overall and 9-1 in the league, and are off to their best 19-match start since the 2007 team also began at 16-3. The Timberwolves are 6-12, 3-7.
Ashland, which entered Friday night's match ranked in a tie for 35th in NCAA Division II in opponents' hitting percentage (.134), did nothing to hurt that status against Northwood. The Eagles kept the Timberwolves to a .016 percentage, and leading the way for the AU defense was junior middle hitter Michaela Ping, who tied a program record for block assists in a single match with 10. Shawndra Thompson originally set the record in 2002, and Natalie Kapteyn first tied it three years later.
Offensively, the Eagles ended the night with a team hitting percentage of .273, paced by junior outside hitter Shelby Woycik, who hit .611 and finished with a team-high 11 kills. Freshman setter Zoey Peck set up the AU hitters with 35 assists.
Ashland will finish the weekend on Saturday (Oct. 6) at 3 p.m. at No. 6-ranked Ferris State (15-3, 10-0), in a matchup of the GLIAC's two current division leaders.