Despite loss, volleyball maintains optimism

BY SYDNEY MUSSER-SPORTS EDITOR

Susquehanna volleyball competed at the Captain’s Classic at Christopher Newport University, Va. on Sept. 4, earning one win against Bridgewater College and one loss to Christopher Newport.

Seniors outside hitter Morgan Whiteman, middle hitter Rachel Wherry and libero Sarah Paluck and juniors setter Maggie O’Hearn, middle hitter Leana Carvin, defensive specialist Corinne Eidle and outside hitter Marykate Sherkness began the match against Bridgewater as the starting lineup.

Susquehanna landed 16 kills in the first set and 12 in each of the last two sets. The Crusaders won all three sets against Bridgewater, by scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-17 respectively.

Junior defensive specialist Alyssa Chiodo joined the starting lineup against Christopher Newport. The Captains quickly overtook the Crusaders in the first set, securing 13 kills against Susquehanna’s six.

The Crusaders were never able to rebound from the first set, losing in straight sets to the Captains.

Despite the loss, the Crusaders voiced their overall satisfaction with the weekend tournament.

“I think overall we did pretty well,” junior right side hitter and setter Erin Byrne said. “We had to put together something real quick and it went well despite the good competition.”

Byrne continued: “We had moments where we played really well, but I know we’re a lot better than what our record shows,” she said. “Our defense played so well. They’re incredible. It’s giving me chills talking about it.”

Carvin agreed.

“ [The game against Christopher Newport] was very telling of our strengths and weaknesses as a team,” Carvin said. “I think after this weekend, we’ve developed a ‘get after’ attitude. We’ve seen what weaknesses we have to improve and we’ll work hard in practices and hope to see that play out on the court.”

Carvin continued, “We have high goals for this season.” She added: “As a team, we have to step up to the plate. [The team is] an exceptional group of young ladies working towards a common goal. I’m glad I can count on my teammates to be as competitive as they are.”

The Crusaders suffered through a short losing streak on Sept. 5, falling consecutively to the Mary Washington and Hiram.

Against Mary Washington, Susquehanna had a 3-1 loss. The Crusaders made a valiant attempt to stop the Eagle scoring machine, despite losing the first two sets.

Susquehanna managed to steal the third set from the Eagles by a score of 25-22. However, that single set was not enough, leaving the Crusaders outscored and outmatched.

A similar story played out as Susquehanna lost 3-2 to Hiram. A close match, the Crusaders fought to maintain equal footing throughout the five sets played.

Susquehanna’s effort never came to fruition, however, as they were eventually overpowered by Hiram and lost the match.

The Crusaders came back swinging, however, in a match on Sept. 8 against Franklin and Marshall. Earning a hard-fought 3-2 win.

The Crusaders hope to continue that momentum as they hit the road for their next match on Friday against Birmingham-Southern and Lakeland.