Women’s volleyball continues hot start at Virginia State

Category:  Sports
Friday, September 18th, 2015 at 2:29 PM
Women’s volleyball continues hot start at Virginia State by Becca Martin
Marah Maycock and Edinboro are off to a 6-1 start on their 2015 season. | Contributed Photo

The Edinboro women’s volleyball team continued their hot streak, coming home from the VSU Tournament 3-0. These wins would make their overall record for the 2015 season 6-1. The two-day tournament was hosted by Virginia State.

“This weekend went very well,” head coach Missy Soboleski said. “We were able to try out some different lineups.”

On Friday, the Scots won 3-1 over Charleston (WV) to start off the three-match winning streak. Charleston won the first set 25-20, then the Scots came back to win 25-20, 25-21 and 26-24. Sophomore Challen Litwiler contributed 18 kills and sophomore Sydney Trathen had 39 assists.

“It was nice because the freshmen got a chance to get in the game and take some swings,” Litwiler said of the tournament. “I think we are starting to really connect as a team as far as running our offense.”

Senior Marah Maycock finished the match with 13 digs. “It was a great weekend for the team. We’re really starting to come together and keep getting better every game,” she said. On Saturday, Edinboro shut out both teams.

The Scots defeated West Virginia State 25-16, 25- 21 and 25-15 in the first match of the day. Junior Latoya Hutchinson led the attack with 14 kills in the match. Trathen controlled the offense with 38 assists and contributed 13 digs. Hutchinson and Jen Gruber contributed five blocks total in the match.

In the second match of the day, Edinboro defeated Glenville State, 25-19, 25-8 and 25-14. Litwiler finished with 10 kills in the match, freshman Morgyn Sharp and Gruber contributed eight. Trathen paced the team with 34 assists. Maycock had 18 digs.

“The next couple tournaments will be much harder competition, but I have no doubt we can win. If we keep up the hard work like we have been, we will have a very successful season and I’m looking forward to it,” Litwiler said. “Jen [Gruber], Sydney [Trathen], Marah [Maycock] and Challen [Litwiler] all had solid performances this weekend,” Soboleski added.

The Fighting Scots are back in action this weekend for the PSAC-MEC Crossover. The tournament kicks off Friday in Erie, as the Scots start with West Virginia State at 5 p.m. Then they continue Saturday with Concord at noon and Ursuline at 2 p.m.

“On the defensive side we are trying to prepare for conference play, where we will see a lot of teams with powerful offenses,” Soboleski said. “We need to be better at slowing the ball down and channeling them to hit to certain areas of the court. That will be our focus for the rest of preseason conference play.”

Becca Martin is the copy editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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