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Norwalk grad Lortcher hits milestone for record-setting Baldwin-Wallace

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Oct 1, 2017 at 11:09 PM

BEREA — Two-time first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference outside hitter Alicia Lortcher, a 2015 Norwalk graduate, had a milestone weekend for the Baldwin-Wallace University volleyball team.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets are in one of their best stretches in program history.

Lortcher, a junior, recorded her 1,000th career kill as BW won its OAC opener over Marietta College on the road Thursday.

Lortcher became the 10th player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills. With 13 kills in a pair of non-conference wins in Buffalo on Saturday, Lortcher moved into ninth-place on the all-time career kills list with 1,024 kills. She needs 41 kills to pass BW Hall of Famer Sarah Gordon (2000-02) for eighth place with (1,064). Lortcher is also six digs shy of becoming the 15th player in school-history to achieve 1,000 career digs. She will become just the fifth player in school history with both 1,000 career kills and digs and the first since Gordon.

BW (23-0) is off to the best start in school history and went undefeated in the month of September for the first time in school history as it closed out non-conference action with a pair of victories against Grove City (Pa.) College and Alfred State (N.Y.) University.

The Yellow Jackets dropped just six sets all month, defeated Grove City by scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-11 and then beat Alfred State (5-8) by scores of 25-11, 25-6 and 25-10.

BW returns to OAC action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts the University of Mount Union in Ursprung Gymnasium.

At Norwalk, Lortcher was a four-time selection to the All-Northern Ohio League team. She was also a four-time All-district selection and an All-Ohioan as a senior.

Lortcher was a member of the 2012 Division II state runners-up team, and helped Norwalk to a regional runners-up finish in 2014 despite injuring her knee in the regional semifinal win vs. Bowling Green.

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