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With just days until their first home game at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball wanted to secure two victories during the weekend.
They recorded the complete opposite, coming home with two tough conference losses.
The Crimson Hawks now sport a 4-13 record.
IUP saw competition from Seton Hill University and Califonia University of Pennsylvania Friday and Saturday and lost to the Griffins and the Vulcans by identical scores of 3-1.
Prior to the matches, Elizabeth Sova (junior, math education) said the games against Seton Hill and Cal U would be challenging and competitive.
“We watched Seton Hill play last weekend, and our team loves the challenge,” Sova said. “I don’t think there has ever been a match that I’ve played against Cal U that hasn’t been competitive.”
Sova’s words held true as Seton Hill and Cal U provided challenges on both offense and defense.
“On Friday, I didn’t feel like we competed very well; Seton Hill had a very sound defensive team,” Crimson Hawks head coach Aline Scott said. “Once again, we weren’t able to convert offensively and score some big points.”
The Crimson Hawks lost the first two sets of the match by scores of 25-16 and 25-18 but battled back with a 25-19 win in the third set. The Griffins defeated IUP in the fourth set 25-17 and secured the victory.
Lindsay Moeller (freshman, elementary/special education) earned a season-high 35 assists. Meghan Schneider led the Crimson Hawks in kills (10).
“She [Schneider] is one of the most hard-working kids I’ve ever coached,” Scott said. “I thought she grew a lot from that game. She learned how to score even though the other team is keying in on you.”
In their second match of the weekend, the Crimson Hawks stormed out of the gates with an opening-set victory of 26-24 with three points from Schneider’s serves.
Cal U defeated the Crimson Hawks 25-20, 25-19 and 25-18 in the following three sets and earned the victory.
The game against the Vulcans was a “great showing” by the Crimson Hawks, according to Scott.
“I thought we showed really, really well even though we lost in four,” Scott said. “I was very proud of the way they came out against a well-coached Cal team.”
Sova finished the match leading IUP with 14 kills followed by Lisa Kissell (sophomore, biology) who had 11 kills.
“They were able to follow the game plan against Cal,” Scott said. “I think Cal had a battle the night before against Clarion and came in maybe not as focused as they should’ve been, and we were able to take that first set.”
Clarion is the next opponent on the schedule for IUP and the first team to visit the KCAC this season.
“They’re very sound offensively and defensively; they’re probably the most well-rounded team in the league,” Scott said. “I expect lots of rallies and it to be an aggressive game offensively.
IUP plays host to Clarion Tuesday, Oct. 8, before traveling to Erie to take on Gannon University.