CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- The Susquehanna volleyball team extended its win streak to 15 with 3-0 victories over Marywood and SUNY-Canton on Saturday, winning the Bulldog Rumble at DeSales University in the process.
Morgan Whiteman (Camp Hill, Pa./Trinity) and Marykate Sherkness (Treskow, Pa./Marian Catholic)were both named to the All-Tournament Team with Sherkness also receiving most valuable player honors.
The Crusaders began the day with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-13 win over Marywood in a match that lasted just over an hour. SU outhit Marywood .255 to .145 and registered no attacking errors to 12 kills in the third set.
Sarah Paluck (Nesquehoning, Pa./Tamaqua Area) recorded a match-high 22 digs, while Alyssa Chiodo (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) added 10 and two service aces. Corinne Eidle (Reading, Pa./Wyomissing Area) nearly hit double digit digs with nine, as did Erin Byrne (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch).
Whiteman paced the team with 12 kills, while Byrne and Leana Carvin (Walnutport, Pa./Northampton Area) each added seven. Maggie O'Hearn (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) had a near double-double with 35 assists and eight digs.
The team continued its roll in the second match of the afternoon, sweeping SUNY Canton by a score of 25-16, 25-17, 25-20.
The close first set included eight ties before 9-9 when the Crusaders won the next three points and forced the Kangaroos to take a timeout. At 16-13, SU took five consecutive points to put the set out of reach.
Susquehanna continued its momentum into the second and won six of the game's first eight points. From that point onward, the team never led by fewer than four points.
In the third and final set, Whiteman and Sherkness were at their best, recording four and five kills, respectively. Both players finished with 12 for the match and combined for 24 of the team's 41 kills.
Byrne and Carvin held a block party in the match, recording five and six block assists, respectively, as SU tallied eight total blocks to Canton's four.
Paluck notched a match-high 14 digs and Eidle registered 12 of her own. O'Hearn handed out 32 assists for 67 between the two matches.
The Crusaders return to action when they play at regionally-ranked Eastern on Friday Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m.