Friday, September 7, 2018

Volleyball - Lycoming Warriors fall twice on first day at Lycoming Invitational

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Despite two gritty performances, the Lycoming College volleyball team fell into the loss column for the first time in 2018, falling to Cortland, 3-2 (27-25, 14-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-11), and undefeated Gettysburg, 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18), on the opening night of the Lycoming Invitational at Lamade Gym on Friday, Sept. 7.

In the first match of the day, the Warriors (4-2 overall) had four players finish with double-digit kills, but a hot start in the fifth set helped Cortland (3-3 overall) overcome a stalwart defensive effort by Lycoming to post the 3-2 (27-25, 14-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-11) win.

Sophomore Kiannah Titus (Clay, N.Y./Baldwinsville) led the Warriors with 13 kills, 10 digs and two blocks in her first double-double of the year, to lead a Lycoming squad that hit .205 (57-25-156) in the match. Junior Lilly Singleton (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) added 12 kills and three aces and sophomore Emily Jednorski (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) posted 10 kills, seven digs and four blocks. Junior Alysa McDevitt (Warminster, Pa./Archbishop Wood) posted 11 kills and hit .556 for Lycoming.

Senior Emily Hepner (Leesport, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) finished with a match-high 26 digs, as Lycoming held an 85-64 advantage in the category. She also finished with six assists. Junior Emily Morris (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) added 42 assists, 14 digs, four aces and two blocks and both junior Lindsay Beck (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown Community) and freshman Alia Post (Sayre, Pa./Sayre) each had nine digs.

Cortland notched five kills in the fifth set and were aided by six Lycoming attack errors, jumping out to an 8-2 lead before the Warriors closed the gap late with a 4-1 run. Cortland hit better than .150 in all three sets it won and were held to a .000 hitting percentage in the two it lost.

Cortland, which hit just .134 in the match, was led by 13 kills from Nadia Moore and 12 kills and 12 digs from Kiersten Core. Gabby Amelio finished with 34 assists and four aces.

In the second match, the Warriors allowed Gettysburg (6-0 overall) to hit just .216 as a team, but were unable to get past the undefeated Bullets.

McDevitt led the Warriors, posting seven kills and hitting .400, while junior Katie Hausknecht (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) added five kills and a block and both freshman Angie King (Cooperstown, Pa./Maplewood) and Jednorski each had four kills. Jednorski also added four blocks. Both King and Hepner had seven digs and Morris posted 14 assists and six digs.

Allie Stranick led the Bullets with 16 kills and 10 digs and Brooke Newell added 21 assists. Francesca Garison added nine kills and two aces and Caroline Sequeira posted 14 digs.

The Warriors wrap up the Lycoming Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 8, when they face Dickinson at 11 a.m. and Clarks Summit at 3 p.m. in Lamade Gym.

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