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After six straight losses, the matches in East Stroudsburg and Kutztown Friday and Saturday were just what the doctor ordered for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball team.
IUP earned three victories out of a possible four during the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East-West crossover event and improved their record to 7-17.
“I think that we needed these wins,” middle blocker Elizabeth Sova (junior, math education) said. “We needed a confidence boost.”
The Crimson Hawks opened Friday’s stretch of games with a 3-0 victory over Cheyney University. IUP defeated the Wolves 25-12, 25-14 and 25-13 to snap their six-game losing streak.
Sova and Kaitlyn Palmer (freshman, undeclared) paced the Crimson Hawks with eight kills apiece.
Setter Lindsay Moeller (freshman, elementary/special education) earned 28 assists.
Crimson Hawks head coach Aline Scott said her team was “dominant offensively” against Cheyney.
“I think that was the theme of Friday,” Scott said. “I felt that we put up our best couple of matches in terms of our offense.”
In their second match of the afternoon, the Crimson Hawks faced off against the host East Stroudsburg University Warriors. IUP defeated the Warriors 25-11, 25-17 and 25-15.
Sova added another 12 kills to her day. Ericka Lentz (redshirt junior, athletic training) also earned 12 kills. Sova scored on 17 total attacks without having an error. Moreover, she had six blocks against East Stroudsburg.
The Crimson Hawks had nine aces, with four coming off of the hands of libero Joie Hrapla (sophomore, marketing/fashion merchandising).
IUP registered 14 blocks against the Warriors. Moeller has four blocks while Stephanie Kruzynski (sophomore, nursing) earned three more.
Scott said establishing their offense was “what they did best,” on Friday.
“Regardless of what happened on the other side of the net, we were able to establish our rhythm,” Scott said. “That was nice to finally get to a point where our offense is clicking and our attacks are putting the ball away.”
After a Friday sweep, IUP traveled to Kutztown to complete the East-West crossover against the West Chester University Golden Rams and the host Golden Bears.
The team took on West Chester in their first contest Saturday afternoon and fell in straight sets 27-25, 26-24, 25-18.
IUP kept things close throughout the contest. In the first set, IUP and West Chester went back and forth, exchanging points.
The Crimson Hawks were able to hold a lead over the Golden Rams, but West Chester went on an 8-3 run to close out the set and earn the victory.
Kruzynski and Sova, with 10 each, led IUP in kills.
“[West Chester] just managed to win the right points,” Scott said. “I think that the scores were very close. We had hitters hitting .700, .600 and .400, but they won the right combination of points.”
IUP then faced Kutztown in their final match of the weekend.
The Crimson Hawks came out victorious in five sets. The scores of the contest were 18-25, 27-25, 22-25, 25-23 and 15-13.
“I was a very evenly matched game, and we are similar teams,” Scott said. “We showed some resiliency; we were down quite a bit in game four, and they played very good volleyball to come back and win.”
Sova again led the team in kills, recording 19 kills.
The team’s productive weekend is a prelude to a five-game home stand that begins with a match against visiting Shepherd University.
Kelly Barnes (senior, marketing) said that the team’s three victories would help the team perform at home.
“I think we’ll use these three wins to focus on playing at home,” Barnes said. “This will help us with our confidence at home also.”
With three victories under their belt, the Crimson Hawks improved their record to 7-17 overall and 4-9 in the PSAC.
Despite losing more than they are winning, Scott said that record is not a good indicator of how well the team is playing.
“It’s been a long road for us in finding out who we are and where we want to go,” Scott said. “Now when we talk about IUP volleyball, we talk about setting the pace of the game. We know what it means now; we are fast and dynamic.
“We might come out on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but we sure fight to the end.”