November 09, 2012
Volleyball loses close match vs. Juniata, 3-1Despite a successful season and a hard-fought playoff run, the Susquehanna volleyball team fell to top-seeded Juniata 3-1 in the semifinals on Saturday.
The match was tight from the start, with the Crusaders (17-22 overall, 3-3 Landmark Conference) edging out the Eagles (23-11) in the first set by a 27-25 score. The Crusaders closed out the first set with a kill by sophomore middle hitter Jessica Holm and a service ace from the arm of senior defensive specialist Dana Kreutzer.
The Eagles stormed back to take control of the match, sweeping the next three sets 12-25, 16-25 and 11-25, leading their team to a victory and a shot at the conference championship.
The Eagles took a lead at 6-5 in the second set and did not look back, extending their lead before taking the set on a kill.
The third set started out close with a 5-5 stalemate. The Eagles won 10 out of the next 12 points, starting with a kill by junior middle hitter Courtney Lydick to grab control in the third set.
Playing in the final collegiate match of her career, senior outside hitter Emily Carson recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs, being the only Crusader to do so during the match.
The match was the final chapter in an all-conference career for Carson.
Carson was joined by her teammate, senior middle hitter Kaylee Monga as a first-team all-conference selection. Freshman Sarah Paluck added a team-high 28 digs.
As a team, the Crusaders had 19 total blocks, nearly doubling Juniata's total of nine. Monga was responsible for six of the team's 19 total blocks, with two solo blocks and four block assists.
Freshman Morgan Whiteman also put together a solid performance with 24 assists, a service ace, three block assists and six digs.
Holm contributed to the Crusaders' effort with seven kills and a dig.
For Juniata, four players reached double-digit kill tallies, with two of those players also reaching double-digit digs for the match.
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