Win Streak Continues for Volleyball

Win Streak Continues for Volleyball

THE MAIN STORY: The Susquehanna volleyball team picked up its 24th and 25th wins of the season while also extending its win streak to eight with wins over visiting Coast Guard Academy and Stevens on Friday night.

THE SCORES: SU defeated Coast Guard 3-2 (25-12, 25-10, 23-25, 20-25, 15-6) before going on to win 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) over the Ducks.

TEAM RECORDS: Susquehanna is now 25-5 overall while Coast Guard falls to 14-10 and Stevens is 25-5.

WERE THESE WINS IMPORTANT? Stevens was ranked first in the New York region making Friday's matchup and subsequent win over the Ducks a big one for the River Hawks.

DID YOU KNOW? The eight-game win streak is the longest of the season for Susquehanna.

AGAINST COAST GUARD: Morgan Lowe had a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Erin Byrne led SU with 17 kills and Maggie O'Hearn added 46 assists, three kills and seven digs. Marykate Sherkness finished with 13 kills while Leana Carvin had 10. Caroline Beohm led the team with 18 digs.

A CLOSE CALL: Susquehanna jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Coast Guard before the Bears took the next two sets, forcing a decisive fifth set.

In that fifth set, the River Hawks jumped out to an 8-2 lead and gave up just three points over the remainder of the set. Lowe closed out the match with a kill for the 15-6 final.

AGAINST STEVENS: Lowe added another double-double with 12 kills and 17 digs to go along with two block assists. Byrne added 13 more kills and O'Hearn tallied 37 assists and 10 digs. Kasey Bost and Beohm had 21 digs apiece and Carvin had three block assists.

The River Hawks trailed 5-2 in the early going of the opening set before a Stevens attack error tied the action at 10. SU proceeded to rattle off four unanswered points and never again trailed in the set, winning 25-21.

Susquehanna led from start to finish in set two. The River Hawks held a 10-2 edge early in the action and while the Ducks pulled within four (24-20), it was too late and SU won on a Stevens service error.

The team had to mount a third-set comeback to avoid a fourth set. SU trailed by six (16-10) and late in the action the River Hawks were still facing a four-point deficit (22-18). Susquehanna scored four unanswered points to tie the set at 22 and took a 24-23 lead on a kill from Lowe who came through with a match-clinching kill on the very next play.

UP NEXT: Susquehanna remains at home to host two matches on Saturday, Oct. 22. The River Hawks face Cabrini at 2 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. match against Rowan. Prior to the Rowan match, SU will honor its six senior members.