Volleyball earns first PSAC West win

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 6:04 PM
Volleyball earns first PSAC West win by Madi Gross
Photo: Ben McCullough

The Fighting Scots women’s volleyball team returned home on Friday night to face off against East Stroudsburg in an aggressive five-set game in which the Warriors would end up victorious. After the game, Edinboro sat at 7-6 overall and 0-3 in the PSAC, while East Stroudsburg was 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the PSAC. 

The game kicked off at 6 p.m., starting what would end up being a nailbiter of a game. East Stroudsburg took the first set of the match with a score of 25-18. Edinboro came back stronger and more focused in the second set, but still fell short with a final score of 25-23. In this match, there was a clear spike in the level of aggression from both teams. The third set of the game went to Edinboro, 25-15, bringing the overall score of the match to 2-1 with the Warriors leading. An intense fourth set ended in a score of 28-26, tying up the match 2-2 and sending the two teams into a fifth and final set. ‘Boro fell behind early in the beginning of the fifth set and couldn’t pick up the score as the game came to a close. East Stroudsburg took the last set 15-6.

Many of Edinboro’s leading players for this game are no strangers to the leaderboard. Sophomore Cierah Jackson led in kills in the game with 17 and also added two blocks to her record. Senior Megan Screptock was also a leader in the game with 11 kills, two blocks, one assist, 13 digs and two returns. Several freshmen on the team, such as Sally Sterkel and Alicia Eldredge, also put stats on the board. Sterkel had 11 kills and eight blocks while Eldredge led in assists with 47.

After their loss on Friday night, the Fighting Scots returned to McComb Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon to win in a 3-0 sweep against Kutztown University.

As both teams hit the court, the tension in the air was evident, with both squads looking for their first conference win. Kutztown’s record going into the game was 6-5 overall and 0-2 in the PSAC. Edinboro took the first set 25-17, but the Golden Bears didn’t make it easy for ‘Boro with a lot of back and forth plays for points. Both teams’ energy and effort remained strong throughout the second set, which the Fighting Scots would also take 25-17. The third set would resemble the first two, in that it also had many back and forth volleys, and that one ended with a score of 25-16. The win was Edinboro’s first PSAC win of the season.

“It was nice to get the win today and do it decisively and play well,” stated Head Volleyball Coach Missy Soboleski. “We’re trying to talk to them about taking it one game at a time and one point at a time.” 

She continued: “We’re gonna make mistakes. All we can do is our best and we keep telling them, ‘At the end of the game, if you say hey we did our best, that’s all we can ask for.’”

In this game, many of Edinboro’s underclassmen would make the stat sheets, including Eldredge, who had six kills, two aces, three blocks, 24 assists and nine digs. Sally Sterkel had seven kills, three aces and three blocks. Jackson added nine kills and one ace to her record. Molly Brier had four assists, one return and seven digs. 

Jessica Giannoccaro added nine digs and two assists. Senior Screptock also added to her records, picking up 10 kills, two blocks and two aces. Alongside their win, the Fighting Scots also had a total of nine aces for the game. 

“I think our biggest thing is energy. I think coming off of this win, I think we can try and take the energy from this win and try and put it into our next [game] — especially since they’re all conference from here,” stated Jackson after the game.

Going into the rest of their season, the team is excited to put more points on the board, continue to build their records and learn and grow as an team. 

“We’re just ready to go out there and play,” concluded Giannoccaro.

The team now sits 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the conference and will hit the road for their next three games to face California University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hill University and Slippery Rock University before returning to McComb Fieldhouse on Oct. 5 to face off against Clarion University.

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

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