BY KEVIN JONES – ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
While most students were busy visiting with alumni and enjoying the homecoming events, the members of Susquehanna’s volleyball team had little time for such activities.
The team had four games as a part of the Hampton Inn Crusader Classic. The time commitment was well worth it for Susquehanna, as they went unbeaten over the weekend.
On Sept. 18, Susquehanna had games against York and Baldwin Wallace. In the first game, Susquehanna beat York in all three sets, 28-26, 25-13 and 25-23. Junior outside hitter Marykate Sherkness had 10 kills and 14 points and junior setter Erin Byrne had 12 kills and 13.5 points.
Susquehanna won three of the five sets in the second game of the tournament against Baldwin Wallace. In the first, fourth and fifth sets Susquehanna won 25-23, 25-23, and 15-13. The second and third sets were a different story as Susquehanna lost 25-22 in both sets.
Sherkness landed 22 kills and 25 points while Byrne had 13 kills and 16.5 points in this particular match. Freshman middle hitter Tara Mahoney also had a strong game, with 16 kills and 16 points.
Susquehanna won its first game on Sept. 19 three sets to one against PSU Behrend by scores of 25-19, 25-14, 24-26 and 25-16. Sherkness had 15 kills and 19 points and Byrne had 7 kills and 18 points. Mahoney also had a strong game, with 12 kills and 14 points.
The final game of the weekend for Susquehanna against Washington had a similar result as they won three of four sets, by scores of 25-19, 26-24, 17-25 and 25-24. Sherkness and Byrne finished the tournament with another strong game. Sherkness had 17 kills and 17points and Byrne had 18 kills and 20 points. Junior middle hitter Leana Carvin also had a strong performance, with 11 kills and 12 points.
Susquehanna’s record after the tournament stands at 10-5.
“The team has expectations to achieve at the highest level. They demonstrate exemplary work ethic,” Coach John Kuuipo Tom said.
Byrne had her own thoughts on why the team has been successful this year.
“Everyone is doing their part and [we] are very close as a team,” Byrne said.
“We love playing at home, having positive energy from our fans is much more beneficial than having to fight the negative energy we receive while on the road,” Tom said.
On Sept. 26, Susquehanna will have a double header against conference opponents Elizabethtown and Moravian on the road. The Crusaders will return home on Oct. 3, when they face conference opponents Catholic and Goucher.