This week’s Bearcats Women Wednesday articles checks in on both the women’s volleyball and soccer teams and the latest scores and notes.
Bearcats suffered their first conference road loss on Saturday, falling 3-0 to Houston. Bearcats are currently third place in the AAC, with a 4-2 record and are 6-7-1 overall.
Their final three games are all at home, starting with #21 South Florida on Thursday, followed by UCF and than East Carolina.
The women have been outscored 20-15 this season. Only 6 players total have scored. Freshman Han Tang has led the way and is the team’s top goal scorer with 5. Four ladies have 2 goals each (Sophie Gorman, Vanessa DiNardo, Sydney Gains, Camryn Hartman). And Ying Zhan has 1 goal too.
Madison Less has started 15 of the 16 games, with 71% saves. She has allowed all 20 opponents goals and has 5 shutouts.
Women lost their first match of the season on Friday to Tulane, but bounced back with a win at Houston on Sunday. The loss was Houston’s first of the season. Houston is 7-1 and first place in the AAC West, while Cincinnati is 7-1 and tied with UCF for first in the East. Bearcats beat the Knights earlier this year (the same night that the football team won), so Cincinnati has the tiebreaker. That win actually snapped UCF’s 26 match win streak.
On Sunday, it took the Bearcats 5 sets to knock off the Cougars on the road. As always, the team was carried by Jordan Thompson, who recorded 37 kills.
Amania Heckenmueller was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll for her strong performance during the Bearcats 1-1 weekend. Heckenmueller averaged 12 assists per set.
Bearcats are 15-5 overall and still have 9 games to go, with a big opportunity to have a special season.