GRAND RAPIDS - Cornerstone volleyball recovered from a slow start to post a 3-1 win over visiting Aquinas in their home opener. CU lost the first set 25-15 but rallied to win 25-22, 25-22, 25-10 to improve to 8-6 overall and 2-0 in WHAC play. The Golden Eagles will return to action this Friday when they face Northwestern Ohio in Lima.
Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in 2016, the Golden Eagles came out a little slow as the visiting Saints took command early in the opening set and cruised to a 25-15 win. In a back and forth second set, CU evened the match by scoring four of the final five points to win 25-22.
CU then controlled the third set before a late Saints' rally brought the score close at 24-21, but after a CU timeout, the Golden Eagles got a big kill from Heather Green to take a 2-1 lead in the match. With all the momentum on their side and the backing of a fantastic crowd, the Golden Eagles cruised to a 25-10 win in the fourth.
Heather Green was the lone CU player above 10 kills as she had 11
WHAC Player of the Week Kendra Zwart continued stellar play at the net with 11 blocks (10 assist blocks)
Five different players finished with at least five kills
Hope Leppink finished with 33 assists and 15 digs
Mackenzie Vallad led CU with 21 digs
Cornerstone will be on the road this weekend as they head to UNOH on Friday for a 7pm contest and then Indiana Tech on Saturday for a 1pm contest.
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