Landmark Conference Semifinals Preview

Landmark Conference Semifinals Preview

WHO: #3 Scranton at #2 Susquehanna
WHAT: Landmark Conference Volleyball Semifinals
WHERE: Orlando W. Houts Gymnasium on the campus of Susquehanna University
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

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Note: Tickets prices are as follows:

Adults - $5
Non-Landmark Students/Seniors (62+) - $3
Landmark Students (with ID)/Landmark Faculty & Staff (with ID)/Youths (10 and under) – Free

The Susquehanna volleyball team looks to advance to its sixth Landmark Championship in seven years after finishing the 2014 regular season 29-8 with a 6-1 mark in conference. Standing in the way is third-seeded Scranton, which has improved to 23-10 after finishing 12-24 only a season ago. Susquehanna has not lost to Scranton since Sept. 21, 2008 when it fell 3-1 at home.

These teams last met on Oct. 18, 2014 in a conference match day hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The Crusaders clinched the second seed in the playoffs with a straight-set, 25-18, 25-22, 26-24 victory over the Royals.

Susquehanna held a 45-25 margin in kills and posted a .286 attack percentage to Scranton's .114. Morgan Whiteman (Camp Hill, Pa./Trinity) tallied a match-high 14 kills and Erin Byrne (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) totaled 13. 

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 digs and two service aces.

Although the Crusaders have lost two of their last three matches, several SU players remain at or near the top of the Landmark leaderboard in key statistical categories. Paluck has a conference-best 645 digs this season, nearly 100 more than the next closest player, while Byrne's 329 kills are fifth-best.

Hayley Dunkel (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) leads the Landmark with 83 block assists and ranks fourth with 98 total blocks.

The Royals also boast a strong lineup to challenge the Crusaders. Outside hitter Julia Crilly leads the Landmark in kills with 427 and total points with 498.0. Stephanie Klug's 103 total blocks rank second in the conference and Lizzy Zimmerman's 70 service aces lead all LC players this season.

The winner of the match will advance to the finals where either #4 Moravian or #1 Juniata will await. The championship will be played at the highest remaining seed on Saturday, Nov. 8 at a time to be determined.