Volleyball wins one of final three, loses on senior night

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 6:37 PM
Volleyball wins one of final three, loses on senior night by Madi Gross
Photo: Kelly Staschak

On Oct. 30, Edinboro’s women’s volleyball team geared up to play Slippery Rock University for the final time this season. 

After a five-set match, Slippery Rock would come out on top, 3-2, and gain the win. After this loss, Edinboro would fall to 13-13 overall and 6-10 in the PSAC.

It was Slippery Rock to take the first set with a score of 25-16, but Edinboro would come back fighting in the second, taking the win, 25-23. The Fighting Scots then got off to a quick start in the third set and ultimately Slippery Rock could not catch up. EU won the set, 25-16. 

Edinboro’s score would be reversed in the fourth, falling 25-16. 

With the tie, the two teams were sent into a fifth set. Each team slowly crept closer to match point, but it would ultimately be Slippery Rock who came out victorious in this set, 15-10.

The two teams were very close statistically. Edinboro had a total of 68 points, while Slippery Rock had a total of 71. Edinboro led in aces for the match with a total of 10, three of which came from freshman Alicia Eldredge. EU also had a total of 60 digs in this match, 1/3 of which came from sophomore Molly Breier.

During this match many of the Fighting Scots had impressive saves that sent them flying through the air and diving onto the floor. 

“At the end of the day that’s all you can really do — play your heart out,” said Eldredge about the saves within the match.

The loss was also a rather emotional game for the team, knowing that with the defeat there was only a slim chance at a playoff position. 

“After a loss you may feel a little down, but you know, it’s not really the time to feel down,” Cierah Jackson said afterwards. “We’ve got two pretty good teams this weekend — especially Saturday — and it’s all about bringing the level that we can play at.”

She continued: “We’re a pretty good team and if we play to the level we can play at, we can hold our own against anyone.”

Edinboro continued their week of play on Friday against Mercyhurst University. After Edinboro’s second five-set match of the week, the Fighting Scots would come out on top. They moved to 14-13 overall and 7-11 in the PSAC.

Edinboro opened the match winning the first two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-15. Mercyhurst put up a fight in the next two, taking both of them, 26-25 and 27-25. The final set was competitive, but Edinboro came out on top, 15-11.

Cierah Jackson led in kills for the Fighting Scots with 12. Senior Megan Screptock followed closely behind with 10 kills of her own. Overall, Edinboro had a total of 51 assists, 43 of them belonging to Eldredge. 

Breier led in digs for ‘Boro in this match with a total of 23. Screptock followed closely behind with 17 digs of her own and Hannah Bretar behind her with 11 digs.

“A goal I wanted was 3 digs per set, which I think I overcame that, which is really cool,” noted Breier about her achievements this season. She also said another goal she will be working on is bettering her serving.

On Saturday, the 2018 season for the Fighting Scots came to an end with a loss against Gannon University. After this match, Gannon sat at 28-1 overall and 17-1 in the PSAC Northwest. They had previously secured a spot in the PSAC tournament.

Before the game, Edinboro’s three seniors were recognized: Megan Screptock, Hannah Cantrill and Morgan Sharp. Each senior walked across the court with family members by their side and each individually met Head Volleyball Coach Missy Soboleski and Assistant Volleyball Coach Lee Anderson at half court to receive a bouquet of flowers and a framed jersey with their number on it.

Many of the underclassmen noted their appreciation and love for the seniors, speaking about how helpful each had been over the years. 

“All three of them have been really great leaders on and off the court,” stated Jackson. “They’ve always been there for us. They’re always putting their heart and soul into the game because this is something that they truly love, and we always just want to give back to them since they’ve given us so much [and] to this program.”

The Fighting Scots came out strong in the match and stayed close to Gannon in each set, up until the last. Gannon took the first set, 26-24, after a back-and-forth battle over the last few points of the match. The second set had a final score of 25-22 as Edinboro again put up a fight. Gannon took the third set, 25-18, and ultimately the overall match. 

Throughout the season many of the team’s underclassmen led in several statistical categories for the Fighting Scots. Sophomore Paige Morris led the team in blocks with 81, followed closely behind by freshman Sally Sterkel with 79. 

Jackson ended the season in first in kills for the team with 323. She also was third in both blocks and aces. Behind Jackson in kills sat Sterkel and Sceptock. Screptock also ended second in digs for the team this season with 298. 

Breier ended the season leading in digs and in second for assists. Eldredge finished first in assists for the season with a whopping 916 to start off her collegiate career. She also led in aces for the team this season with a total of 41, while finishing with 226 digs.

“Even though we didn’t make playoffs I think we still came out strong against Gannon and worked our hardest to do what we could against them because they’re a pretty good team,” stated Screptock. “Knowing tonight was my last volleyball game...I just wanted to go out there, work hard, and leave everything out on the court — just have fun with my team. Win or lose, that’s all that matters is that I just wanted to enjoy my one last go around with them.”

Screptock will graduate in the spring and plans to begin utilizing her nursing degree after graduation. She said she wishes the team good luck in the future and also noted that she will be attending games to cheer the team on.

The Fighting Scots women’s volleyball team completed their 2018 season 14-14 overall and 7-11 in the PSAC Northwest. The team will return to McComb Fieldhouse next fall.

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

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