The Warriors of East Stroudsburg were in over their heads against a strong Millersville volleyball team this past Friday. The Marauders ended the match after four sets, putting their record at 37-18 all-time against the Warriors.
Leading 10-6 in the first set, Millersville had a strong lead. However, East Stroudsburg was able to catch them off guard as they went on an 8-2 run, putting themselves ahead by two. With little time wasted, the Marauders scored seven of the next nine points to retake the lead.
The Warriors turned the game around once again after scoring five straight points to give them a 21-19 advantage. Maintaining the flow of lead changes, Millersville then went on a 6-2 run to close the set and go up by one in the match.
The second set began with an 11-4 run by the Marauders, with most of those points being scored due to East Stroudsburg errors. Continuing to go back and forth, the two teams exchanged leads until Millersville ended the set with a score of 25-22.
The third set resulted in the Marauders’ first loss of the match, which failed to deter them from taking the game. In the fourth and final set, Millersville took advantage of even more Warrior errors to grab a 25-22 win.
Leading the offense, Mary Paul had 10 kills on 22 total attacks with an impressive hitting percentage of .364. Jessica Franz contributed with 18 assists, and on defense Brooklyn Smith posted 14 digs.
Carrying their confidence over into their match against Kutztown, Millersville won a nail-biting five-set match to clinch a berth in the PSAC Tournament, with an average hitting percentage of .268.
Opening the first set with a 10-2 run, Millersville was fueled by Rebecca Roman who had two kills. The Golden Bears were able to fight back however, scoring 15 of the next 21 points. The Marauders, luckily, had a late surge to ensure a 25-21 win.
In the second set, Brooklyn Smith contributed to a 5-2 run with two service aces at the start, followed by a run by Kutztown who tied the score at 21. Without hesitation, Millersville scored four of the five final points to guarantee a 25-22 win.
The third set ended in a Marauder win by a close score of 25-24, but the fourth ended in a win by Kutztown after a 6-1 run in the final moments.
The fifth and final set consisted of multiple ties between the two teams, followed by Kayla Wallace’s tallying of two kills, which fueled a run to give Millersville a 12-10 lead, ending in a successful set.
After defeating the Golden Bears in five sets, Katie Lesinski had tallied a .286 hitting percentage with a career high of 20 kills to lead the offense. Kayla Wallace and Rebecca Roman each had 13 kills, and Emily Kaledas had 11.
Holding the three-seed in the Eastern Division, the Marauders have two matches to play, with the first being against Pitt-Johnstown and the second against Lock Haven. Hoping to excel in the tournament, Millersville looks to keep its momentum going in what is sure to be a season to remember.