Women’s volleyball spiked by Gannon and Edinboro in a dissapointing day

Anthony Jadus
Sports Writer

The Lady Marauders showed their strength despite the losses, which will only boost their confidence from this point on.

On Friday, Sept. 21 the Millersville women’s volleyball team took to the court at Lock Haven University.  Their first match of the day was against the 9-2 Gannon team at 2 p.m.  The sets for the match were kept close, but in the end, Millersville fell 25-17, 25-20 and 25-18. The team leader for the game in the assist category was Jessica Franz with 24, while Samantha Booth led the defensive side with 20 digs.  Other team leaders for the game included Kayla Wallace registering 7 kills and 1 block, Emily Kaledas with 6 kills and 2 blocks, and Katie Lesinski getting 5 kills and 1 block.  The Marauders couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm as shown in their .024 hitting percentage, but there were positives to take away from the match such as Millersville’s relentless playing and their ability to keep giving their best effort even though they were down.
The Marauders looked for their rebound to come from their next match of the day against Edinboro.  The first set went to Edinboro with a score of 25-22, but the Marauders fought hard to secure the next set with a score of 25-21.  Moving into the third set the score was tied 1-1, but the next set did not go over well for Millersville as they lost it 25-12.  The fourth set unfortunately went to the Fighting Scots as well with a score of 25-21 which ended the day for Millersville.
The offensive team leaders for the second game were Katie Lesinski who registered 16 kills and 6 blocks and Jessica Franz who had 29 assists.  Good defense was played by Millersville in this game with digs being led by Sue Caramanico and Jessica Franz with 10 each, Brooklyn Smith and Lindsay Madara with 9 each, and Samantha Agostini with 8.  The team hitting percentage of .124 was better in this game, but it was still not good enough to surpass Edinboro.  Also, the point total of 51 for this Edinboro game was better than the 37 point showing in the Gannon game.
The women’s volleyball team played well on Friday but never seemed to really get into their groove.  They showed a few moments of greatness, but mostly, they seemed out of sync.  If one thing is to be said about the games, it would be that all though Millersville got down, they never gave up.  They could have called it quits and gave minimal effort after losing the third set against Edinboro, 25-12, but they didn’t.  They played harder in the fourth set, and they showed their relentless nature.  Moving forward, the team should continue to show this relentless behavior because it will lead to success.  Their next game is on Friday, September 28 at home against Kutztown at 7 p.m.