Alex Frank | Sports Director

The University of Cincinnati Bearcats women’s volleyball team dominated from start to finish Friday night in defeating the Southern Methodist University Mustangs three sets to none.

“It was an excellent effort,” head coach Molly Alvey said. “I think our comment theme – and you hear me talk about it – is the effort that we get from every single person on the bench. It is a full team effort this year.”

Taking the court for the first time in a week and for the first time at home in conference play, Cincinnati utilized an all-around team effort to lift their record to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in AAC play.

Senior right side and outside hitter Jordan Thompson led the way with another stat-sheet filling performance.

The conference’s offensive player of the week for the past three straight weeks of competition recorded 22 kills and her eight digs left her two away from a double-double, and she also delivered the ace on the match point.

It wasn’t just her, though, contributing to Cincinnati’s success.

Freshman outside hitter Maria Mallon chipped in with timely kills that helped halt SMU surges in each of the three sets, including one that closed out the second set.

She also, along with redshirt-sophomore outside hitter Erica Kostelac, each recorded 14 assists, and both posted hitting percentages over .400.

Senior setter Jade Tinglehoff returned after missing seven games with an injury and led the team with 22 assists.

“I am just really proud, really proud of our players,” Alvey said. “The good people that they are, the good teammates that they are, it translates to success on the court.”

The win was significant for the Bearcats in that it lifted them to 2-0 in the conference and gave them a win over a program in SMU that has finished in the top two of the conference standings in each of the first the league’s first five seasons, winning two conference championships in that span.

“It was a great match tonight,” Alvey said. “It’s always great when you can go into conference play and win in three and be able to get out early and get off your feet.”

Cincinnati will be back in action Sunday against the Houston Cougars at 1 p.m. at St. Ursula Academy.

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