Bearcats Hold Off Shockers, 3-2

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Jordan Thompson had an American and Charles Koch Arena record 44 kills to lead Cincinnati to a 3-2 win over Wichita State. The Bearcats won by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 29-31, 25-21 and 15-11.
Thompson also set the Koch Arena record for attack attempts with 89. She also added two service aces, nine digs and two blocks, while hitting .404.
Tabitha Brown had a career-high 28 kills for the Shockers and also added 12 digs and two blocks. Kora Kauling had a double-double with 51 assists and 11 digs, while Giorgia Civita had 26 digs.
The Shockers took an early 7-3 lead in the first set after back to back kills from Brown. The Bearcats pulled within 8-7 and the two teams traded points until a Bearcat error put WSU up 19-16. A Thompson kill cut the Shocker lead to 23-22, but WSU held off UC 25-23 on a Brown kill.
The Bearcats raced out to a 9-5 lead in the second set before the Shockers were able to cut it to 12-11 on a kill by Kauling. A Shocker error gave the Bearcats a 17-13 lead and UC went on to a 25-20 win.
The third set went back and forth until the Shockers used a Grace Burken block, Brown kill and Bearcat error to take a 21-18 lead. UC reached set point at 24-23 with a block, but a Brown kill tied it at 24. The two teams traded points until a Bearcat error and Chase Jackson kill gave WSU the 31-29 win.
Back to back kills by Thompson put UC up 11-8 in the fourth set. The Bearcats pushed the lead to 19-14 on another Thompson kill before back to back Brooke Smith kills pulled WSU within 22-20. That was as close as WSU would get as UC won the set 25-21.
The Bearcats took a quick 4-1 lead in the fifth set and the Shockers were never able to get closer than three as UC won the set 15-11 behind eight kills from Thompson.
The Shockers are next in action on Fri., Oct. 19 at SMU at 7 p.m.

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