ABINGTON, Pa. – Susquehanna’s volleyball team earned victory number 26 on the year Saturday after three more wins in the Penn State Abington Tournament.
The Crusaders (26-8, 4-1 Landmark) picked up three straight-set victories over host PSU-Abington (25-16, 25-11, 25-21), Alvernia (25-15, 25-8, 25-11) and Ursinus (25-10, 25-8, 25-18) to move within one win of tying the program record for most wins in a season (27) set back in 2008 (27-13).
Against the Lions, freshman Erin Byrne (San Diego, Calif. / Scripps Ranch) tallied 12 kills (.429 attack pct.) as the Crusaders used a .276 team attack percentage to defeat the host team.
Classmate Maggie O’Hearn (Mountville, Pa. / Hempfield) registered 29 assists and nine digs and sophomore Sarah Paluck (Nesquehoning, Pa. / Tamaqua Area) recorded five service aces and eight digs in the opening match.
Versus Alvernia, Byrne and junior Hayley Dunkel (Pottsville, Pa. / Pottsville Area) each led the team with eight kills each as SU yet again used a .368 team attack percentage to beat the Crusaders.
O’Hearn tallied 29 assists, five digs and two block assists and Dunkel chipped in with five block assists.
In the day’s final match against Ursinus, Byrne led the way with 10 kills (.450 attack pct.) while O’Hearn recorded 36 assists and four digs. Sophomore Rachel Wherry (New Castle, Pa. / Neshannock) had five kills (.833 attack pct.) and junior Jess Holm (Montvale, N.J. / Pascack Hills) also recorded five kills (.714 attack pct.).
Paluck had 14 digs while classmates Corinne Eidle (Reading, Pa. / Wyomissing Area) and Alyssa Chiodo (Lansdale, Pa. / North Penn) combined for 13 digs.
The Crusaders hit the road again, heading to Penn State Harrisburg on Saturday, Nov. 2 with matches against the Lions and Mary Washington.