The Fighting Scots women’s volleyball team hosted California (Pa.) on Friday night in McComb Fieldhouse as part of two straight home matches in as many days. The Scots won in four sets, 20-25, 25-23, 25-16 and 25-22. This match gave the Scots their 11th consecutive win and continues their second double-digit winning streak this season. This boosts their record to 24-2 overall and 12-1 in the PSAC.
“I think tonight went really well. We started off a little shaky, but after the first set, we got our stuff together and we started playing as a team,” freshman Megan Screptock said. “We did what we were capable of doing and we finished.”
The Scots dropped the first set to Cal (Pa.), but that didn’t compromise the mentality the ladies brought to the match.
Despite the rocky start, head coach Missy Soboleski felt they were prepared coming into tonight’s match.
“I did feel prepared, but we weren’t able to execute some of the things that we wanted to against them. It was a tough one, I feel relieved, honestly. I am happy the girls were able to pull it out,” she concluded.
Set two of the night was a constant battle between the Scots and the California (Pa.) Vulcans. Cal (Pa.) called a timeout when the score was 23-23. Following the timeout, Marah Maycock had an ace, making the score 24-23. Challen Litwiler ended the set with a kill from a Syndey Trathen assist.
In the next set, the Scots took off early, gaining an 18-9 lead before coming out on top. Cal (Pa.) had a serving error, making the score 22-14. The final points were a back and forth battle, but Latoya Hutchinson got the set winner.
The final set of the night turned into a nail-bitter. The Scots were up 18-9 again, before Cal (Pa.) went on a 6-1 streak, making it 19-15. Soboleski called her first timeout of the match, then her second one at 20-18. Victoria Severo, Trathen and Litwiler all came back to the court with kills, making the score 24-22 before the Scots wrapped up the game set with the match in their hands.
After the match Soboleski explained what she told her team during those late timeouts.
“You got to enjoy the game and have fun. We try to take it into short segments of the game, games of five, and then we really try to just tell them to have fun and relax. That’s exactly what I said to them whenever it got pressured, relax and have fun,” she said.
Litwiler led the Edinboro offense with 19 kills, while Hutchinson had 15 and Severo contributed 11. Trathen chipped in her share with 51 assists, the second-highest total in her career. She also contributed nine kills and posted a team-high .750 hitting percentage.
Defensively, Maycock led the Scots with a career-high 26 digs in the match, which put her at sixth all-time in school history. Additionally, this was Maycock’s 467th game as a Scot, the fourth most all-time in school history.
Litwiler added 16 digs of her own, while Screptock contributed 9. Trathen and Taylor Palowski totaled seven digs apiece.
Edinboro hits the road this week for a pair of matches. The ladies visit Indiana (Pa.) on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. before going to Clarion on Halloween for a 1 p.m. match.
The Fighting Scots return home on Nov. 3 when they host PSAC West foe Slippery Rock in a pivotal match at 7 p.m. in McComb Fieldhouse.
Becca Martin is a Copy Editor for The Spectator.