SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Two Landmark Conference wins on Saturday extended the Susquehanna volleyball team's win streak to four as SU defeated Catholic and Goucher, both by 3-0 scores.
With the two wins, the Crusaders are now 14-6 on the season and 4-1 in Landmark play.
In the first match, SU won 25-21, 25-14 and 25-18 before going on to defeat Goucher 25-10, 25-7, 25-22.
Against the Cardinals, Erin Byrne had a double-double with 20 kills and 14 digs while Sarah Paluck racked up 27 digs. Marykate Sherkness tallied 16 kills and four digs as well as two service aces. Maggie O'Hearn led all players with 39 assists while also adding six kills and six digs.
Susquehanna opened the first set against Catholic on a 4-0 run and led 7-3 in the early going. The Cardinals responded with a 6-2 run to knot the set at nine and it remained tied at 13 after a Catholic serving error.
SU scored the next four points for a 17-13 advantage and increased that to a nine-point edge (24-15) before closing out the set on a Marykate Sherkness kill.
The second set was not nearly as close. The set was tied at eight early on but a Sherkness kill put the Crusaders up 9-8 and it was a lead they would not relinquish en route to the 11-point margin of victory (25-14).
Catholic opened the third set with three unanswered points and led 8-6 before Susquehanna strung together five straight points of its own to go ahead 11-8. The Cardinals pulled no closer than two points over the remainder of the set which ended 25-18 in favor of SU.
Susquehanna made quick work of Goucher, especially in the first two sets in which the Gophers combined for just 17 points.
Sherkness added 18 kills against Goucher and Paluck had 11 digs as nearly the entire Crusader bench saw playing time. O'Hearn finished with 12 assists while Julie Kreutzer had 23 along with two digs, one block assist and three kills. Leana Carvin dominated the serving game, tallying four service aces.
The first set was tied at five before the Crusaders rattled off seven unanswered points to go up 12-5. They took a double-digit lead (16-6) just several points later and went on to win by 15 (25-10).
SU led from start to finish in the second set, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. A kill from Carvin put her team ahead 15-5 and Goucher scored just two points the remainder of the set.
The third and final set was far closer than the first two. Goucher held an early 5-1 lead and maintained that four-point lead (15-11) midway through the action.
Sherkness pulled her team within one (17-16) with a kill and SU took a 22-21 lead on a Goucher attack error and held on for the 25-22 win.
The Crusaders hit the road to face Gettysburg on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.