Kutztown University Athletics

11/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/13/2019 01:00

Golden Bears drop tough battle with division leader ESU, 3-2, in home finale

KUTZTOWN, Pa.
- The Kutztown University women's volleyball team came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, but seemed to run out of gas late. After taking two of the first three sets, KU dropped the final two, and the match 3-2 to East Stroudsburg Tuesday night in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action at Keystone Arena. Scores of the match were 25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 10-25 and 9-25. The Golden Bears (9-18 overall, 3-14 PSAC) played their final home regular season match Tuesday, and gave the fans some excitement throughout the evening. KU never trailed in the opening set. With the score at 13-12 in favor of Kutztown, it would take six of the next seven points to get out to a comfortable lead and hold on for the opening set victory and 1-0 lead in the match. KU had a match-high 18 kills and .286 hitting-percentage during the first set. The Warriors (24-6, 14-3) then had it going in the second set and their .275 hit-percentage led the charge to a second set win to even the score at 1-1. In the third set, the Maroon and Gold found themselves trailing 21-19, but racked off six of the final eight points to go back out in front in the match. ESU then caught fire in the fourth set and KU stood no chance as Rachel Cain went on a 12-0 run on her serves as East Stroudsburg took the score from 10-7 to 22-7 and closed it out to force a fifth set. The Golden Bears scored the set's first two points off serves by , but East Stroudsburg answered. With the score at 11-9 in favor of the Warriors, they tallied four straight to close out the match.
recorded a match-high 24 kills and added 14 digs. She was a force at the net and even in the back of the court. reached a new season-high with 15 kills, and had 32 digs and added six assists. James contributed 21 assists and tallied 14 for KU. Kutztown will play its last two matches of 2019 on the road beginning with a match at Bloomsburg on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.