Helen Forman handed out a career-best 37 assists and added seven digs in the final game of the day for the Susquehanna University Volleyball team as the River Hawks posted a 3-1 win over The College at Brockport Saturday night to cap off the 12th Annual Hampton Inn River Hawks Volleyball Classic in O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
Susquehanna (6-6) dropped a tough 26-24 decision in the opening set but rebounded to win the next three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-23 and 25-23 in what was the closest match of the weekend in the tournament that featured four teams that were all mentioned in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason national poll.
Earlier in the day, the River Hawks dropped a 3-0 decision to Carnegie Mellon University.
"It was a great weekend of volleyball with four really good teams in one gym," said Head Coach Kuuipo Tom. "I liked the way the team was resilient and came back after losing a pair of tough matches earlier in the tournament to win the final match against a very good Brockport team. Our leadership came through for us but the energy on the bench all night was great to see."
Against Brockport, Morgan Lowe, who was named to the All-Tournament team, recorded 15 kills and also added seven digs, five blocks and two aces. The aces came in a key run midway through the fourth set as Susquehanna pulled ahead 18-13 after trailing 11-8 just a few minutes earlier. Lowe and Caroline Beohm served a majority of the points in the run.
Forman finished with 37 assists and seven digs while Lizzie Herestofa and Beohm had 12 digs each. Hannah Lyons had 13 kills and Sydney Portale added 11 for the River Hawks. Herestofa had three aces and Kasey Bost added two more as the team combined for 10 service aces in the match.
In the Carnegie Mellon match earlier in the day, Susquehanna fell in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-13 and 25-22. Lowe had her seventh double-double of the season in the match with 10 kills and 15 digs.
Forman added 21 assists, Portale had seven kills while Herestofa added nine digs and Beohm finished with eight digs for the River Hawks.
Joining Lowe on the All-Tournament team were Lindsey Luce from Brockport, Annika Schwartz and Moriah Savage from Stevenson and Lauren Mueller from Carnegie Mellon. Kayla Yew from Carnegie Mellon was named the MVP of the tournament.
Susquehanna will be in action next with a tri-match Saturday, September 23 with Johns Hopkins and Eastern University in the O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.