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Ohio State hands UB volleyball its first loss

The streak is over as the University at Buffalo women’s volleyball team fell from the ranks of the nation’s unbeaten Saturday night, losing in the final of the Blue and White Classic to unbeaten Ohio State, 25-13, 25-14, 25-16, before 1,104 at Alumni Arena.

With the loss, UB falls to 12-1. while the Buckeyes returned to Columbus 12-0. Both entered the match as two of just eight unbeatens in the country.

Kaitlyn Leary’s 17 kills led the way for Ohio State. Dani Reinert had 21 assists for UB, which hosts Ohio on Friday night and Kent State next Saturday in a pair of Mid-American Conference matches.

The Bulls struggled on the attack against the Buckeyes, finishing with a hit percentage of .000. Amber Hatchett and Carissa McKenna each had five kills to lead UB.

The Bulls reached the final of their tournament by sweeping Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday afternoon, 25-23, 25-15, 25-16. UB hit .368 in the match, its third highest total of the season.

McKenna led the way with 13 kills and just two errors, as she hit .524 for the match. Sophomore Tahleia Bishop added 11 kills and just one error as she hit .476. Senior Dana Musil added seven kills, while Kaja Schirmer and Christine Frtische each had five.

Reinert finished with a season-high 35 assists, while freshman Megan Lin saw her first collegiate action and had seven assists.

CROSS COUNTRY: St. Bonaventure senior Kady Weisner set a school record in the women’s cross country 5K at the National Catholic Championships at Notre Dame.

Weisner ran the race in 18:46.0 and finished 36th overall. She beat her own personal best of 18:52 and broke the mark held by Katie Matrone of 18:52 set at Notre Dame in 1996.

Elsewhere, the University at Buffalo men’s and women’s cross country teams won the UB Stampede Invite in Grand Island, with the men claiming their third consecutive title while the women claimed their first victory of the season.

Senior Zach Ahart was the overall winner in 25:44 on the 8K course, while UB’s Chrissy Clarkin claimed the women’s crown in the 5K race in 18:24.