SELINSGROVE, Pa. - The Susquehanna volleyball team celebrated its Senior Night in style as it swept visiting Penn College on Wednesday evening. The Crusaders dispatched the Wildcats by a score of 25-12, 25-20, 25-15.
Before the match, seniors Hayley Dunkel (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area), Jessica Holm (Montvale, N.J./Pascack Hills), and Amanda Miles (New Cumberland, Pa./Cedar Cliff), were recognized for their considerable contributions to a program that has won 89 matches, including 18 Landmark Conference contests, in the past four years.
SU was on a roll to start the match, winning the first eight points of the first game before conceding one to Penn College. The team led by as many as 13 points in the set and dominated the Wildcats with accurate hitting, registering 13 kills and only two errors in 23 attempts.
The second set was more closely contested and featured seven ties before reaching 11-11. Although Susquehanna opened up a five-point margin at 18-13, Penn fought back with four of the next five points. In the end, though, the Crusaders took the set to lead the match 2-0.
Set number three also went to SU, who won despite posting its lowest hitting percentage of the night (.129) behind 10 kills and 6 errors.
Holm tallied a team-high 10 kills and moved into the top 10 in program history with 849 for her career. Dunkel, one of the leading blockers in the Landmark Conference and SU history, recorded three solo and one assisted to go along with eight digs. Miles was also impressive with a game-high 15 digs and two service aces.
Susquehanna showed off its depth with 16 different players taking the court during the match. Maggie O'Hearn (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) had a game-high 18 assists and Julie Kreutzer (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) added seven.
In only one set of action, Erin Byrne (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) was able to strike five kills in six attempts as Leana Carvin (Walnutport, Pa./Northampton Area) and Kady Faller (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township) both tallied four kills.
The Crusaders next play when they travel to DeSales on Friday, Oct. 24 for a 7 p.m. non-conference contest.