Volleyball wins 2 straight at Dig for a Cure

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 5:24 PM
Volleyball wins 2 straight at Dig for a Cure by Madi Gross
Photo: Madi Gross

The Fighting Scots women’s volleyball team claimed two wins this past weekend as they faced Gannon University and Mercyhurst University. This weekend was also the team’s Dig for a Cure event, in which auctions were held and donations were collected for breast cancer research.

On Friday night, the Fighting Scots won against Gannon University, 3-2. The first game went to Edinboro with a score of 25-21. The second and third sets both went to Gannon with scores of 25-17 and 25-22. The Fighting Scots would eventually live up to their name, battling back in game four with a 26-24 win, bringing the match to a deciding fifth bout. In the end, it was the Fighting Scots taking the fifth, 15-12.

In this game, senior Challen Litwiler led with 15 kills, one ace, two assists and 24 digs. Freshmen Cierah Jackson (13 kills, six blocks) and Paige Morris (seven kills, eight blocks) were highlights. Tessa Sikora had 10 kills and five blocks. Senior Sydney Trathen led with 47 assists and five digs. 

Molly Brier had four assists in the contest, along with eight digs and five returns. Senior Taylor Palowski (one assist) and sophomore Jordan Van Oss (12 digs) also made contributions.

“We took a big loss against Clarion on Saturday and we were just ready to come back and that’s exactly what we did,” said Litwiler.

On Saturday night, the Fighting Scots faced Mercyhurst University and won in a 3-0 sweep. Edinboro took the first game with a 25-20 win, the second with a 25-17 win and the third with a 25-19 finishing mark. The leading players in this game included Jackson (11 kills, one ace, two blocks, four digs), Litwiler (six kills, two blocks, one assist, six digs), Trathen (seven kills, three blocks, 27 assists), Palowski (three assists, six digs, one return), Sikora (five kills, five blocks), and Van Oss (two assists, eight digs, one return.) After this weekend, the team now has a 5-6 record in the conference.

As the team has less than 10 games left in the regular PSAC season, the senior Litwiler reminisced about her times with the program.

“I’ve loved all four years here. Coach has been so amazing to me, [and] I’m going to be so sad when it’s over, but I’ve made such good memories and a lot of best friends, so I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” she stated. 

The Fighting Scots women’s volleyball team will return to McComb Fieldhouse this weekend with a game at 7 p.m. against West Chester University and again on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Cheyney University.

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

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