The SRU women’s volleyball team swept the competition this past weekend at the Shepherd Tournament, going 3-0 during the two-day event.
On their first day of action, the ladies won both of their matches. The first match was against Glenville State. The Rock finished them off in three sets, winning 25-15, 25-11, and 25-16.
Junior Caroline Houston, freshman Morgan Tyree, junior Sarah Beals, and senior Sarah Cadwallader all had six kills each.
Senior Hannah McShea had 16 digs and four service aces.
Sophomore Michelle Hren and senior Hayley Wilson each finished with two blocks.
Junior Alexandra Fleagle had 17 assists. Sophomore Janna Reilly had 10 assists.
The Rock went up against the host of the tournament, Shepherd University, in their second match of the day. Shepherd won the first two sets 25-22 and 25-21.
The Green and White then went on to win the final three sets 25-15, 28-26, and 15-12.
Tyree had 12 kills. Cadwallader had 17 kills. Houston and McShea each had 15 digs. Reilly had 21 assists.
On the final day of the tournament, the ladies took on Fairmont State for a chance to go undefeated.
The Rock won the first two sets 25-22 and 25-14. Fairmont State took the third set 25-14, but the Green and White finished them off winning the fourth and final set 25-22.
Beals had nine kills. Tyree had eight kills. Houston and Cadwallader had seven kills.
McShea had 19 digs. Fleagle had 17 assists. Reilly had 15 assists and 11 digs.
Houston thought that the team did well this weekend, and played as a team.
“I’m really proud of my team for working together in order to be successful,” Houston said.
She went on to say that the team needs to work on starting strong.
“We still need to work on starting off strong like we did against Fairmont, but we won the match,” Houston said.
McShea was extremely impressed and happy with the results of the tournament.
“It feels great to come back to SRU with an undefeated record for the weekend, and now a winning record,” McShea said.
She also thought that the team’s mental toughness was great in the match against Shepherd.
“It takes a lot to come back in a five set match and beat the home team,” McShea said.
Tyree thought that all the practicing the team has done has shown.
“We have worked so hard in practice, and it’s nice to know that it’s paying off,” Tyree said.
She went on to say that the team stayed focused all weekend.
“Everyone calmed down and did their job on the court, and we took things we worked on in practice and put them to use in the matches,” Tyree said.
The Rock had a home match against the University of Charleston on Tuesday night.
The ladies won the match 3-2. Charleston won the first two sets, but the Rock then won the third match 25-21, and won the next two sets to win the match.
Tyree had 23 kills. Cadwallader had 14 kills, and Beals had 11.
Fleagle had 23 assists, and Reilly had 29 assists. McShea had 28 digs leading the way on defense.
The Rock improved to 7-4 overall on the season. The team will travel to West Chester Friday for the team’s first PSAC match of the season, and face them at 4 p.m.