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Volleyball splits in Wildcat Regional

Richard Schulz
Staff Writer

The weekend, for the women’s volleyball team, was mixed with emotions as they traveled to Newark, Delaware to participate in the Wildcat Regional Invitational. They finished the weekend with two losses and one dominant win.

It all started Friday against the Bentley Falcons as the dismal Marauders fell 3-0, breaking their four game win streak. Millersville lost in three sets with the scores 27-25, 25-22 and 25-16. Interestingly, The Falcons (0-12) hadn’t won a set until they faced Millersville (12-1).

Senor outside hitter Katie Lesinski is closing in on 1,000 career kills.
Senor outside hitter Katie Lesinski is closing in on 1,000 career kills.

The first set was competitive as Bentley sent 17 kills with four errors and 34 total attacks with a .382 hitting percentage. Millersville couldn’t keep up and lost the first set. Millersville didn’t do any better in the second set. In fact, they did worse. The Marauders had an attack percentage of .080 while Bentley had a threatening .333. Of course the Marauders fell in the third like they did in the second but by a bigger deficit.

Katie Lesinski had nine kills and two blocks while Victoria Biggins had 23 assists. The defense came out with Brooklyn Smith digging out 12 balls and Kayla Wallace getting two block assists and one solo block.

After Friday’s loss to Bentley, Millersville was seeking a win against their next opponent at the Wilmington tournament. However, it became a split Saturday. The Marauders over powered their first match against Holy Family but lost a grueling battle to Merrimack.

Holy Family was swept by the Marauders 3-0 with set scores 25-22, 25-23, and 25-20. After the victory against Holy Family, Millersville is winning the all-time series 7-1. Millersville didn’t let up in the first set when the score was tied at 21 as they scored the next four of five final points.

The second set was a similar story. Although the Marauders were down 20-10 they came back scoring the next 15 of the 18 points and took the win. Katie Lesinski had four kills in the third set, 11 kills total, Erin Harman had three, and both Kayla Wallace and Stephanie Kovacs had two to bring the Marauders back. At the end of the match, Victoria Biggins totaled 37 assists, Brooklyn Smith had 25 dig outs and Harman had 16.

Millersville, fresh off a victory, was not prepared for the difficult match to come against Merrimack.

During the match there were 19 ties and six lead changes until the Marauders fell to the Warriors. Millersville trailed 25-26 and scored the remaining points they needed to take the first set. There was no more than a three point lead in the first. The second set was controlled by the Warriors as they had a .400 hitting percentage, 14 kills, four errors and 25 attack chances.

The last two sets against Merrimack were not any prettier for Millersville. They only had a .051 hitting percentage in the third set and a .059 in the fourth. Merrimack had a .355 hitting percentage in the third and did better in the fourth hitting at a .367.

Mary Paul and Wallace had eight kills, Victoria Biggins had 34 assists, Smith had 10 dig outs and Emily Kaledas ended with five block assists. Millersville finished with a split Saturday to end the weekend invitational.