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April 18, 2019

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Kate Witte experiences 700th career coaching victory

Winningest VB coach in Ohio Athletic Conference and at ONU

Kate Witte won her 700th career victory when the ONU volleyball team swept area rival Bluffton Tuesday at the ONU Sports Center. She is the winningest coach in Ohio Northern volleyball history and in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Witte is now 700-229 in 28 seasons at ONU, an outstanding winning percentage of .753.

"I am just so grateful to be the head coach at such a fine institution as Ohio Northern University,' Witte said. "This is a testament to the quality of women we have had in our program. I love the ladies on the team right now and I love all of the players that have played for me through the years.”

She continued, “I'm glad to have had the opportunity to continue the outstanding tradition of Ohio Northern volleyball that I inherited 28 years ago."

In the game against Bluffton, the Polar Bears (7-2 overall) got 11 kills from freshman Madi Ellis and 10 kills from junior Chelsea Huppert in the win. The Beavers are now 2-6.

Northern raced to a 7-0 lead in Game 1 and did not look back, trailing only briefly in the early stages of games two and three.

A 9-3 run broke a 9-9 tie in Game 2 and an 8-0 run set the tone in Game 3, giving ONU a 10-4 advantage.

ONU hit .242 for the match with 40 kills and just 10 errors on 124 attempts, while Bluffton his .050 with 32 kills and 25 errors on 141 attempts.

Sophomore Katie Wade dished out 35 assists and had 14 digs and junior Madison Broering had a team-best 16 digs for Ohio Northern.

This was the second match as ONU edged BU 3-2 in the final match of the Bluffton Spiketacular on Saturday afternoon at the Sommer Center.

The Polar Bears will return to action Friday night against Hope at the Wittenberg Classic.