Volleyball continues winning ways, goes 2-1 over weekend

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 5:13 PM
Volleyball continues winning ways, goes 2-1 over weekend by Madi Gross
Photo: Ben McCullough

From the start, the Edinboro women’s volleyball team has known that they’ve got something good going.

“I think we really gel well together; I think that was a really big thing for us,” said freshman Alicia Eldredge when guesting on The Morning After sports show on 88.9 WFSE Radio. Teammate Megan Screptock agreed, stating: “This team is the smallest team out of the four years that I’ve been here, and even though it’s the smallest, I feel like we’re the closest. Like Alicia [Eldridge] said, we really gel on and off the court.”

The close-knit group hit the road once again this past weekend to showcase the hard work that they have already put into their early season. This time, they traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire for another two-day tournament. On the road, and coming in with a 5-2 record, the team would face Saint Anselm College, Mercy College and Pace University at the Open Hawks Invitational.

Edinboro opened up against Saint Anselm on Friday. After three close sets (25-18, 30-28 and 25-21) Edinboro completed the 3-0 sweep. In this game, senior Screptock led in kills for Edinboro, along with picking up five assists and two digs. Not far behind her 15 kills was sophomore Cierah Jackson with nine kills, three blocks and one ace. Freshman Sally Sterkel also accounted for nine kills of her own and two blocks. Leading with a whopping 41 digs was freshman Eldredge.

In their second match of the weekend, Edinboro faced off against Mercy College and booked yet another 3-0 sweep. Winning their first set, 25-14, Edinboro was off to a good run. In the second set, Edinboro took the win with a final score of 25-9. Mercy College came back strong in the third, but in the end, it was the Fighting Scots winning 25-17. Eldredge and Screptock both shined as leaders for ‘Boro.

For their third and final match of the Hawks Invitational, Edinboro geared up to face Pace University. Their 13-set winning streak was stopped, as was their perfect weekend.

In the end it was Pace University taking the win with a 25-22 final set score. Many of Edinboro’s freshmen and sophomores led in this contest, including Molly Breier, who had 17 digs in the game, Jackson, who had 19 kills and two aces in the game, and Eldredge, who racked up another 44 assists for the tournament.

After this tournament, Edinboro now sits at 7-3 overall and will begin their regular PSAC play this weekend with another two away games. The team will face Millersville University Friday night at 7 p.m., and on Saturday they will travel to West Chester for a 1 p.m. match-up.

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

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