Slippery Rock volleyball (10-23) capped off a weekend of back-to-back shutout losses in Erie against Mercyhurst (16-15) in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 28-26) Saturday afternoon.
After being held scoreless at Gannon University, in a game Rock head coach Laurie Lokash said her team was given a “pretty good whooping”, on Friday night, the Rock returned to Erie the next day where they took another loss.
“Mercyhurst has been playing fairly consistent volleyball,” Lokash said. “I don’t think they played a bad match.”
The Lakers took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-15, respectively. In a game filled with Rock lineup changes, Lokash said that the team could never find the right one to take a set. While the new found changes gave the Rock an opportunity to fight a close third set filled with 13 ties and five lead changes, it was not enough as they lost 28-26.
“”I think especially in the third set we played a decent match,” Lokash said. “It’s always about us trying to find the people that are going to be consistent for us, and sometimes it takes us 3 sets to figure that out.”
Sophomore setter Haley Defibaugh had a standout performance for the Rock with team highs 20 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore libero Courtney Oberlander contributed 14 digs of her own. Sophomore outside hitter Leah Jones lead the Rock offense with a team-high 9 kills and tallied an ace as well.
With the season coming to an end, the Green and white has limited opportunity to end its season on a high note.
“We are going to do in and do the best we can,” Lokash said. “Hopefully, something is going to click and we play to our full potential.”
The Rock plays its second to last game of the season at California (PA) University on Friday at 7 p.m.