Volleyball Continues Hot Start

Volleyball Continues Hot Start

Allegheny Box Score
Lycoming Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna women's volleyball team continued its torrid start to the season, going 2-0 on the second day of the team's annual Hampton Inn Crusader Classic.

SU improves its record to 5-1 on the season, marking the team's best start since 2008, a year in which SU finished with 27 victories.

The Crusaders won consecutive 3-0 matches against Allegheny and Lycoming. The team day opened with quick work of Allegheny, winning 25-7, 26-24, 25-21. Freshman Erin Byrne (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) had a solid all-around match with 14 kills, four service aces (a match-high) and six digs. Classmate Maggie O'Hearn (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) led all players with 34 assists to go along with nine digs. The team racked up three solo blocks – all from Hayley Dunkel (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) – and six block assists while hitting .299 as a team.

In the nightcap, Susquehanna won 29-27, 25-12, 25-13 over Lycoming. Byrne finished with a double-double as she registered 14 kills and 14 digs in the victory, in addition to her four service aces. Jessica Holm (Montvale, N.J./Pascack Hills) added 13 kills of her own while O'Hearn amassed 37 assists, five digs and one service ace. Sarah Paluck (Nesquehoning, Pa./Tamaqua Area), meanwhile, recorded 13 digs while Dunkel added seven kills and three digs.

O'Hearn finished the day with 71 assists and 14 digs while Byrne accounted for 28 kills and 20 digs.

The Crusaders cap off the three-day tournament with two matches on Sunday. The team faces Misericordia at 10 a.m. followed by a 12 p.m. match against Morrisville.