Edinboro volleyball falls in 2 games over Oct. 19 weekend

Category:  Sports
Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 11:10 AM
Edinboro volleyball falls in 2 games over Oct. 19 weekend by Madi Gross

The Edinboro Fighting Scots volleyball team lost two road games this past weekend, falling to Shepherd University and PSAC foe Shippensburg.

On Saturday, the team played against Shepherd in West Virginia and lost in a four-set matchup. Statistically, these two teams were evenly matched. Shepherd had a total of 46 kills, 10 aces, 6 blocks and 59 digs. The Fighting Scots had 54 digs, 37 assists, 7 blocks, 6 aces and 42 kills.

Shepherd took the first two games: 25-14 and 25-20. Edinboro finished strong in the third with a score of 25-19. In the fourth, Shepherd took the game 25-17 and ultimately, the match.

One Fighting Scot moved closer to hitting a collegiate career milestone, despite the loss. Junior Cierah Jackson was within 11 kills from her 1,000th collegiate career kill at the end of the game. The outside hitter led the team in that category with a total of 14 on the night. Freshman Bella Burrelli was another statistical leader with 13 kills, 2 aces and 9 digs. Sophomore Alicia Eldredge put up a total of 32 assists during this match.

The loss moved the Fighting Scots to 10-9 overall and 4-4 in the PSAC.

On Sunday, the team traveled to Shippensburg in search of a road win for their weekend travels. They’d fall short once again.

The Raiders claimed this match in a sweep, with scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-13.

Statistically, the Raiders led in kills, 40-26, and in assists, 34-24. Jackson again led the Fighting Scots in kills with a total of 8, putting her three shy of 1,000.

Eldredge again led the Scots in assists with 23 and also led in aces with 3. Molly Breier had a total of 23 digs in the match, which marked a season high for the junior.

With the loss, the Scots fell to 10-10 overall and 4-5 in the PSAC. The team will return to McComb Fieldhouse on Friday at 6 p.m. to face off against Clarion University. They will continue their home stretch when they face off against Slippery Rock University at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Abby Horner talked positively as they got set to welcome opponents to McComb.

“When we get in the gym we stay focused — when we’re there, we’re there to play volleyball,” said the senior.

Horner explained that the team is very close on and off the court and that each one of them has each other’s backs. “Have consistent energy, have consistent effort,” Horner listed as aspects the team focuses on.

She continued: “Yeah volleyball is fun, but we’re also competing at a high level, so we have to be dialed in. I think those are all things that we focus on individually and collectively.”

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