Rock volleyball loses three of four at the WJU/WLU Invitational

Published by Layla Joseph, Date: September 24, 2019
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Senior setter Zoe Rivet serves the ball during a match last season. Rivet leads the team in aces and assists.

The Slippery Rock University women’s volleyball team struggled at the WJU/WLU Invitational tournament on Friday, Sept. 20 as they left West Virginia with three losses and one win.

SRU, now 5-6 overall, had three consecutive losses before a win to break the streak in the weekend’s tournament. West Liberty University was SRU’s first opponent, where Slippery Rock suffered a loss in three sets, 19-25, 21-25 and 19-25. Logan Whitaker tallied twelve kills as Sophie Varndell trailed behind with a total of seven.

Notre Dame College was the second team to face SRU that day, resulting in another loss for 17-25, 16-25 and 22-25. The Rock continued to struggle with a total of 22 errors in Friday’s second match. Stephanie Jacobsen led SRU with a total of nine kills.

After two losses, momentum was not on SRU’s side. In the first match on Saturday, nationally ranked Wheeling Jesuit University overcame Slippery Rock in three sets, 20-25, 15-25 and 19-25. Kaley Fucci led SRU in this match, accounting for ten kills and four blocks. Whitaker followed with a total of eight kills and a single block.

After three short matches, the team was not going to leave with another loss. In a five set competition with Fairmont State, SRU found the strength to overcome its losses this weekend and finish with a victory, 23-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22 and 15-12.

The Rock women’s volleyball team hosted its next competition against Kutztown University at the Morrow Field House at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

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Layla is a senior strategic communication and media major with a concentration in converged journalism. Layla occasionally contributed to The Rocket before becoming the assistant news editor in spring 2023. One of her main goals in her academic career at Slippery Rock has been to bridge a gap between the college and the community. When she is not in the classroom, she can usually be found working, spending time with her friends and taking her cat Jerry on walks outside.

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