09/06/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/06/2019 20:33
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. - Senior tallied a match-high 15 kills and sophomore recorded a career-high 28 assists as the East Stroudsburg University women's volleyball team went 1-1 to open the 2019 season at the Barry University Classic on Friday.
The Warriors (1-1) opened the day by sweeping Saint Anselm 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-11) before dropping a 3-0 decision against Saint Leo (20-25, 21-25, 16-25). ESU is back in action on Saturday as the Warriors face Barry and American International.
ESU opened its two-day tournament by facing the Hawks in the second match of the day. The Warriors tallied 16 kills in the first set en route to hitting .308 as a team. The Hawks would make things interesting late in the set as they went on a 5-0 run to trim the deficit to 24-22. ESU would secure the opening set victory as Smith delivered her sixth kill to give the Warriors some early moment.
Saint Anselm staked itself to a 10-6 advantage in the second set following a kill from Catie McCarthy. The Hawks increased their lead to 17-13 after an attack error by the Warriors, but would later see their advantage trimmed to 20-19. Freshman helped pull ESU back into the second set with a service ace, forcing the Hawks to call a timeout. ESU knotted the score 24-24 before consecutive kills from sophomore and Smith gave the Warriors a 26-24 victory and 2-0 lead in the match.
The Warriors held a pair of five-point leads early in the third set and later went on a 14-0 run to take a commanding 20-6 advantage. Irwin highlighted the run for the Warriors by tallying six service aces. Senior put the Warriors within a point of securing the sweep following a kill off an assist from sophomore . Saint Anselm tallied back-to-back points to make it 24-11 before sophomore ended the match with a kill.
Smith paced the Warriors with 15 kills and four blocks in the match, while Mooney added seven kills and five digs. Lugo tallied a career-high 28 assists for ESU and added nine digs, while Dunphy recorded six kills and nine digs. With seven service aces, Irwin recorded the third-most in a single match in school history (25-point scoring era).
Despite dropping each of the first two sets by single digits, the Warriors would fall 3-0 in their second match of the day against Saint Leo. ESU hit just .113 as a team, while the Lions hit .202 and recorded double-digit kills in all three sets.
Saint Leo would take a 1-0 advantage in the match after tallying a 25-20 victory against the Warriors. The Lions entered the match 0-1 on the day after falling 3-2 against Minnesota State-Mankato.
The Lions took control of the match in the second set, hitting .370 as a team and notching 19 kills. ESU stayed within four-points of Saint Leo but would be unable to pull even in the set. Leading 2-0 in the match, the Lions used a pair of late 4-0 rallies to take a double-digit lead against the Warriors. Back-to-back service aces from Skylar Singleton gave the Lions a 23-12 lead before a kill from Dunphy ended the run. A service error by the Warriors gave the Lions a 25-16 victory in the set and secured the sweep for Saint Leo.