LOCK HAVEN, Pa.
- The Kutztown University women's volleyball team ended the 2019 season on the right foot, with positive momentum heading into next year. KU took care of business on the road, taking down Lock Haven University in straight sets Saturday evening in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division match. The Golden Bears (10-19 overall, 4-15 PSAC) have now finished with double-digit victories in each of the last three seasons. For the second night in a row, the KU leading trio of , and were forces at the net. Owen finished with a match-high 12 kills and 12 digs and ended the year just three kills shy of 1,000 for her career. She has a career-high 442 kills this season which ranks fifth-best in program history for kills in a season. Owen will enter her senior year ninth all-time in career kills. Patterson tallied 11 kills and added eight kills for KU. contributed 21 assists and had 13. recorded seven digs. Defensively, ended the night with 22 digs and finished the year with 570, fourth-most in a season, behind her career-high 582 as a freshman in 2017. Wilson has climbed the ladder to third all-time in program history in career digs with 1,646, 98 behind Madison Brake for second. In the opening set, Kutztown scored the first eight points and nine-of-10 and never looked back on its way to a 1-0 match lead. Set two started a little more difficultly for KU, as it trailed early 6-3 and as much as 10-4 before rattling off 11 of the next 13 points to go ahead 15-12. With the score tied 22-all, KU went on a 2-0 run and was one point shy of victory, but the Bald Eagles (6-22, 0-18) scored three-in-a-row and was then within one point themselves. Patterson and Jackson then combined for back-to-back kills, and a Lock Haven attack error finished off the set in favor of the Maroon and Gold. KU then took control of the match by winning the third set, while never trailing. Kutztown has no seniors and should have a majority of its roster back in 2020 for a chance at a deep and experienced team.