The Susquehanna University Volleyball team dropped a set to both Moravian and Elizabethtown Saturday in Johnston Hall at Moravian, but the River Hawks rebounded to defeat both Landmark Conference opponents in four sets to remain undefeated in conference play.
Susquehanna (17-8 overall, 4-0 Landmark) won its 10th consecutive match with the second victory of the day against Moravian. The River Hawks won the first set in the Elizabethtown (13-9, 0-4) with a 25-22 set. The Blue Jays took the second set 25-23 but Susquehanna rebounded to post wins in the third and fourth sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-14.
Against Moravian (11-12, 1-3), the Greyhounds won the opening set 25-18 before the River Hawks rebounded for a 25-5 win in the second set and finished the match with wins by 25-14 and 25-20. The 25-5 victory was the biggest margin of victory in a set since 2013 when Susquehanna defeated SUNY Morrisville 25-5 in the third set of a 3-0 win on September 8, 2013.
"We played two matches that were very important for all three teams involved," said Head Coach Kuuipo Tom. "Both Moravian and Elizabethtown came in ready to battle and got us back on our heels a bit. We were able to get our balance back and competed strong for the wins."
Morgan Lowe finished with 38 kills including 20 in the win over Moravian. She also recorded a pair of double-doubles with 15 and 13 digs in the two matches. Sydney Portale totaled 31 kills with 17 against Elizabethtown and another 14 in the Moravian match. Her hitting percentage was over .400 for each match.
Hannah Lyons had 13 kills, five digs and two blocks against Elizabethtown and added nine kills and five blocks against the Greyhounds. Julie Kreutzer 36 assists in the first match and 43 in the second while Caroline Beohm chipped in 40 digs on the day including 22 in the opener. Lizzie Herestofa added 14 digs in each match and Tara Mahoney had nine blocks on the day.
"Julie really stepped up today and did a great job running the offense," said Tom. "I think we are also seeing Sydney come into her own over the last few matches and really showed her progression with a pair of strong performances today."
The River Hawks host McDaniel Wednesday night with a 7 p.m. match in O.W. Houts Gymnasium and will play in the Wid Guisler Invitational next weekend at Juniata with matches against Franklin & Marshall, Johnson & Wales and Wesleyan (Conn.). The final Landmark weekend will be Oct. 28 at Susquehanna.
"Most important is that the wins today set up a fantastic final Landmark weekend of matches at home," said Tom. "All three teams - Juniata, Scranton and us come in undefeated. It will be a great day of volleyball."