Crusaders Lock Up Second Seed with 3-0 Wins

Crusaders Lock Up Second Seed with 3-0 Wins

KING'S POINT, N.Y. – The field for the Landmark Conference playoffs is set and the Susquehanna volleyball team has clinched the second seed with 3-0 wins over Scranton and USMMA on Saturday.

SU (23-6, 6-1) has won its last 10 matches and has not dropped a set in the past seven.

The Crusaders started the day with a 25-18, 25-22, 26-24 over Scranton, handing the Royals their first loss in conference play. The Susquehanna attack was led by Erin Byrne (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) and Morgan Whiteman (Camp Hill, Pa./Trinity), who recorded 13 and 14 kills, respectively. Byrne completed the double-double with 13 digs as well.

For the match, SU recorded 45 kills to Scranton's 25 and recorded a better hitting percentage (.286 to .115). The team was its best in the second set when tallied 17 kills and only three errors in 29 attempts.

Maggie O'Hearn (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) racked up 34 assists, nine digs, and one solo block. Libero Sarah Paluck (Nesquehoning, Pa./Tamaqua Area) had a team-high 17 digs and Alyssa Chiodo (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) finished with 12 and two service aces.

Hayley Dunkel (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) added six kills while Leana Carvin (Walnutport, Pa./Northampton Area) and Kady Faller (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) both tallied five.

The second match proceeded similar to the first as the Crusaders swept USMMA by a 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 score. 15 different players took the court for SU in a match that lasted less than an hour.

Whiteman and Faller led with seven kills apiece, while O'Hearn and Julie Kreutzer (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) hit double digits in assists, with 11 and 15, respectively. Paluck notched 13 more digs and Byrne was strong with two solo blocks.

With the Landmark playoff seeds now in place, the Crusaders are off from conference play until Nov. 4 when they face Scranton in the semifinals. The next non-conference match for SU will take place on Teusday, Oct. 21 at PSU-Altoona.