September 20, 2013
Volleyball sweeps at Old Friends CrossoverThe women's volleyball team reveled after a tremendously successful day of play in the Old Friends Crossover Tournament on Sept. 13.
Starting off on a bright note, the Crusaders overcame rivals Elizabethtown and Messiah, marking the best start to a season since 2008.
"We're always growing as a team," freshman middle hitter Leana Carvin said. "We're a strong team, and it's a great group of girls. It's refreshing to be around such mature and determined athletes."
The Crusaders and the Elizabethtown Blue Jays exchanged blows in the first match, with Susquehanna stealing the first set, 25-16. Elizabethtown retaliated with a second set victory of 26-24, but fell behind once the Crusaders possessed the third, taking away a score of 29-27, and finishing the fourth set with a 25-22 win.
Susquehanna wrapped the match up with a 3-1 victory overall, setting a precedent for the rest of the evening.
Messiah proved to be a strong opponent in the second match, but not strong enough, falling to the Crusaders 3-1. Susquehanna won the first two sets, 25-15 and 25-20, before the Falcons took over the third set, 25-18. The Falcons' minor victory hardly hampered the Crusaders, as they stole the deciding set 25-19 and swept away the match.
"As a team, our greatest strengths are our ability to stay mentally tough as well as how we are a really tight group," Byrne said. "As a whole, we played as one unit and we accurately showed the other teams and spectators the abilities we have."
The tournament reflected a series of game-highs for several players. Freshman setter Maggie O'Hearn recorded 44 assists and 13 digs, while Byrne walked away with 18 kills and 13 digs.
Sophomore defensive specialist Sarah Paluck and freshman defensive specialist Alyssa Chiodo followed suit, taking away 27 and 10 digs, respectively, while junior outside hitter Jessica Holm totaled 12 kills and middle hitter Hayley Dunkel wrapped up six kills, two digs, and six blocks.
"For the rest of the season, I see us learning a lot and hopefully continuing to win," Byrne said. "We have a tough road ahead of us, but we all have the determination to win, which will hopefully get us far enough to prove that we can win."
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