Fighting Scots win 2 of 3 games in Edinboro/Gannon Tournament

Category:  Sports
Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 11:06 AM
Fighting Scots win 2 of 3 games in Edinboro/Gannon Tournament by Erica Burkholder
The team celebrates during their first match. | Photo: Faith Hannah

The Edinboro volleyball team may have lost their first match of the Edinboro/Gannon tournament, but bounced back and came away with a winning record.

In that opening loss, the Fighting Scots fell to Malone, 3-1. ‘Boro won the first set, but would lose three straight. They kept the middle games close but lost 25-14 in the finale.

Cierah Jackson had 13 kills, 3 aces and a block. Erica Sharp had 11 kills and a block. Bella Burrelli added 8 kills, an ace and a block. Alicia Eldredge accumulated 37 assists and 10 digs.

Edinboro pulled off a win against Saint Rose. The Fighting Scots took home the first set, narrowly lost the second and won the next two. Jackson had 13 kills and an ace. Burrelli had 11 kills, 17 digs and an ace. Sharp had 9 kills and 4 blocks. Eldredge had 43 assists. Molly Breier had 18 digs.

“It was a good rebound, the win today. We were able to stay in system more, and we were able to keep them on a system. We applied a lot of pressure behind the service line, and we applied pressure because we were able to stay in system, so we were able to get the ball to our hitters. That’s the difference between the two matches today,” said Head Coach Missy Soboleski.

“We just needed to stay focused and disciplined. We’re a young team; we have some young kids in some key roles, so it’s just a matter of maintaining our focus, being disciplined and [being] thoughtful,” she added.

When asked what they needed to do in their next game, she emphasized “Ball control and applying pressure.”

Soboleski continued: “If we can stay in system and apply pressure where we’re having them swing a little bit more out of system, I think we’ll be OK. Walsh is a pretty good team, so looking forward to what our young team can do against them.”

The Scots met that challenge the very next day, defeating Walsh. They dropped the first set, 23-25, but came back and won the next three. The set that determined the match started with ‘Boro putting up six unanswered points.

Jackson had 18 kills and 3 blocks. Burrelli had 12 kills, 4 aces and a block.

“It’s [that] you just go back to work; you figure out what’s going to work. We kept the same lineup and kept plugging away,” said Soboleski on how losses in matches and sets affect the team.

“We really just did a better job of playing as a team and having fun out there...I think today was a really great game going into conference matches,” said Eldredge.

Jackson added: “I thought we had a lot more energy than we did yesterday. Going into today we tried not to let the mistakes we made really impact our play and [we] just moved onto the next point.”

Eldredge added some things to how the team keeps intensity up: “Keeping the intensity up, staying aggressive, not shying back and being scared because we only have five points left; really just getting after it and being a team that’s aggressive, I think that really helps.”

The Fighting Scots start PSAC action on Sept. 26 in McComb Fieldhouse against Lock Haven.

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