Just one day prior to Millersville’s matchup against East Stroudsburg, the lady Marauders overpowered and upset the Lock Haven Bald Eagles three games to one. Coming into Saturday afternoon’s homecoming game, the women proved they could perform even better than they did Friday, sweeping the Warriors in three consecutive games in front of 174 cheering fans. The Marauders improved their record to 9-13 on the season; their second straight PSAC East win brings them to 3-8 in divisional play. The Marauders have now swept two straight games against the Warriors this season, improving their all time record to 32-18, including an impressive 5-0 (all sweeps) record under head coach Brian Smith.
Set number one was remarkably close throughout, featuring both teams battling till the end in a tight matchup. After winning the first point on a kill by sophomore Katie Lesinski, the Warriors came back to tie it up at one, the first of nine tie scores that occurred in the first set alone. Set one concluded with an attack error on ESU’s Kaitlin Behrens, giving the Marauders the early edge by a score of 25-22. By the second set, ESU began showing signs of weakness that the Marauders were quick to capitalize on,
with Millersville roaring out to a 12-6 lead. Four kills by freshman Taylor Smith helped to lead the ladies to 24-16 Millersville lead before yet another error sealed the deal on the second set, giving Millersville a comfortable 2-0 advantage.
East Stroudsburg came out strong in the third set, taking a 23-20 lead as the game neared its end. However, amidst chants of “Let’s go ‘Ville!” from energized Millersville students and alumni, the lady Marauders won five consecutive points to charge back and take the set, and the game. As sophomore Katie Lensinski recorded the final kill the crowd and team alike erupted in cheers, putting on an awesome display of school pride on homecoming weekend.
Both offense and defense shined all afternoon for the Marauders, with key players on both sides stepping up to secure the team’s second victory in as many days. As a team, ESU hit a paltry .132 and committed 21 hitting errors total as they were pressured all night by a strong attack and tough defensive stand by the likes of Sue Caramanico and Brooklyn Smith. On the offensive side, Katie Lesinski notched twelve kills for the second consecutive game, her third straight with at least ten. Taylor Smith was also a big contributor, adding on four additional kills in the last two sets, bringing her total on the day to eight.
After two straight PSAC East victories for the ladies of Millersville they’ve risen to fourth in the division, tied with West Chester. The team’s next game puts them up against Cheney on Friday, October 19th in Pucillo Gymnasium at 7 p.m. one of eight pivotal division games remaining for the Marauders.