Scots hunt down birds

Category:  Sports
Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 9:03 AM
Scots hunt down birds by Madi Gross
Photo: Trey Staunch

The women’s volleyball team went up against three PSAC opponents last week, going 2-1. On Oct. 2, the team traveled to Slippery Rock University for their first game of the week.

Slippery Rock took the match in a 3-0 sweep with the final scores of the sets sitting at 25-17, 25-23 and 25-19. With this match, Edinboro’s record was brought to 8-9 overall and 1-6 in the PSAC.

The team then came home Friday night to face off against Clarion University. Edinboro took the match in a 3-0 sweep and their record improved to 9-9 overall and 2-6 in the PSAC. 

The intense game had a first set ending with a score of 26-24, the second set, 25-15, and the third a nail-biting 27-25. Every point scored in this match seemingly brought every spectator to the edge of their seats.

Many of the usual suspects for the Fighting Scots led in points for this game, such as Cierah Jackson (16 kills, 3 aces, 11 digs and 1 return), Alicia Eldredge (4 kills, 2 aces, 26 assists and 21 digs) and Megan Screptock (5 kills, 4 blocks, 2 assists, 13 digs and 1 return). Freshman Sarah Armahizer brought the crowd to their feet as she dove from afar to save a ball from hitting the ground, while then coming back to get a point for ‘Boro during the third set.

“I couldn’t let that ball drop. I know we needed that point and it wasn’t even in the question to let that ball not be our point,” stated Armahizer about the save.

Jackson said the energetic wins gave them momentum heading into Saturday’s match.

“We can try and use all the energy and adrenaline — even though it might wear off a little bit,” stated Jackson. She continued: “We know that this is our home court and we are a really good team, and even though we are really young, we each individually bring a lot to the table and play really well as a team.”

The Fighting Scots did just that as they returned to McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday to face off against Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The team gained yet another win, improving their record to 10-9 overall and 3-6 in the conference.

Edinboro took the first of the match’s four sets, 25-15, but IUP came back strong in the second, taking the win 25-23. The Fighting Scots would get the win in the last two sets of the match, 25-23 and 25-13. Edinboro took the overall match 3-1.

Freshman Sally Sterkel had a total of 15 kills and 3 blocks in this match; senior Hannah Cantrill had a total of 13 kills, 1 block and 1 assist; and sophomore Molly Breier led in digs for Edinboro with a total of 18. 

Eldredge had a total of 39 assists in Saturday’s match to bring her overall season assists total to a whopping 604 in her freshman year.

The team will be back on the road next weekend for their next two PSAC matches. On Friday night, the team will travel to Gannon University (19-1 overall, 8-1 in the PSAC) and on Saturday the team will travel to Mercyhurst University (8-14 overall, 3-6 in the PSAC).

Jackson said the team spent the weekend trying to enjoy the game more and worry less about their record.

“We’re just trying to get back to the basics and have fun. That’s what we’re all here for, is to have fun and play the game that we love.”

Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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